ECO LOCAL ALMERÍA: Buy your organic greenhouse tomatoes at Cariatiz Market! Buy your green greenhouse tomatoes at the Cariatiz market!

Francisco and his father have been growing organic tomatoes in the neighborhood of La Canada between Almeria and the airport for about 6 years. They have a greenhouse with about 2,000 plants, each with two branches. These are trained up raffia strings to 2 meters and then allowed to grow down almost to ground level.

Francisco and his father grow organic tomatoes in the neighborhood of La Cañada between Almeria and the airport for 6 years. They have a greenhouse with about 2,000 plants and 2 stems. They are hung by raffia until they reach a wire of 2 m and then continue to grow down to the ground where the plant is cut.

The lower leaves are removed and the plant grows taller and they are placed in a large container to make compost. The composting process creates heat which destroys the pests and diseases in the leaves. The liquid which drains out of the bottom of this container is then matured for 6 months in a closed container before being diluted for use as a liquid fertilizer for the growing plants.

Bottom leaves are removed as the plant is growing and placed in a container to obtain organic matter. The compostage process generates heat that destroys the pests and diseases in the leaves. The liquid leaving the bottom of the container is left 6 months in closed containers before being diluted for use as a liquid fertilizer.

The growing season is between early September and April. The grafted hybrid Ramily is grown, chosen for its resistance to attack by the tomato yellow leaf curl virus. When the plants are small, Nesidiocoris tenuis flies are released into the greenhouse. These are the natural predators of whitefly and Tuta absoluta ​​i>, the tomato borer, which are the worst pests.

The plants are watered every two to four days, depending on the temperature in the greenhouse. The water is a mixture from two wells, one of which is slightly saline. Tomatoes are more tolerant of saline water than many other plants. It is said that the salt water gives the tomatoes a sweeter taste as it contains many extra minerals not available in fresh water.

Plants are watered for two to four days, depending on the temperature in the greenhouse. The water is a mixture of two wells, one of which is slightly salty. Tomatoes are more tolerant of salt water than many other plants. It is said that salt water gives tomatoes a sweeter flavor.

The flowers are pollinated by bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) . A number of colonies of bees are brought into the greenhouse in small cardboard box hives, complete with living quarters and a substitute food supply so that they can continue their development whilst feeding on the pollen and nectar supplied by the tomato flowers. Each hive is able to pollinate an area of ​​2,000 square meters and has a life span of about 2 months.

Flowers are pollinated by bumble bees (Bombus terrestris) A number of colonies of bumblebees are introduced into the greenhouse in small cardboard hives, each hive can pollinate an area of ​​2000 meters and have a life of approximately 2 months.

A special mix of sulphur and quicklime is used as a spray to manage fungal disease, tomato borer and spider infestation. No chemical fungicides or pesticides are used. With the increasing heat in the spring, the management of the insects and fungi becomes much more difficult, so in April the irrigation is turned off. The last tomatoes are harvested then cut in half and dried in the sun. A week later the plants are easily removed and taken away for commercial composting. Then the ground is prepared for the next crop.

A special blend of sulfur and quicklime is used as a spray to treat fungal disease and spider and tuft pests. No chemical fungicide or pesticide is used. With the increase of heat in the spring, the control of the insects becomes more difficult, then the collection is finished, the plants are stopped and the plants are started the following week, afterwards it is composed and the surplus is taken to the recycling plant, the last tomatoes are used to make dry tomato, they open in half and are left in the sun for a few days.

The surface mulch of sand is pulled back from the planting lines and organic compost and manure are spread before the sand is replaced. With this minimal disturbance, the natural microbial life within the soil is maintained and this feeds the roots of the plants. During the summer most pests and diseases within the greenhouse are killed by the intense heat.

In order to finish the season organic matter is brought to the soil that is placed between the sandblasted and the earth, the soil is never broken so as not to disturb the natural microbial life of the soil and this feeds the roots of the plants.

In September it's time to plant again.

In September it is time to sow again.

The monthly market at Cariatiz is currently the only market where you can buy Francisco's tomatoes.

To place a special order for a larger quantity of tomatoes, call Francisco on 656 969 066.

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