I thought I would show you how we have managed to get the tomatoes ripening through the cooler months in our own little hot house.
Our vege gardens are all out the front as this seems to be the sunniest part of the block. There are a few sunny patches out the back, but we want to be able to let the chickens have the run of that area.
We are using Hills Adda Gardens which are really easy to assemble. Another thing I love about these is that they are quite shallow so I don't need to use a lot of compost and manure to fill them. I have put a corner-to-corner frame using some pipe and tied the two pieces at the top.
I found a piece of plastic wide enough to fit over and hold this down with bricks. Now that the weather is warming up, we peel the plastic back during the day and just comer everything over at night.
The tomatoes are loving the warmth and rewarding us for our efforts with some gorgeous fruit. With the price of tomatoes at the moment, it is great to be able to pick one or two a day straight from the garden.
I am sure that we will adapt this in the summer months when the temperatures head over 40 degrees C to cover the crops with shade cloth.