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What do you put in your soil ? How do you know it's right?
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Calcium Nitrate so they dont get bottom end rot and usually spray them with a fungicide
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Are you growing in pots or the ground
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Originally Posted by outlaw gunner View Post
Calcium Nitrate so they dont get bottom end rot and usually spray them with a fungicide
Outlaw, I'm gonna use some this year. Just a little sprinkle around the base, right? Keeping it off the plant. Apply after the plants are a couple feet high or so?
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Just a pinch worth around the base, about 4 or so inches away from the stalk, do it every week or so and keep doing it as long as you want it to produce. even when the plant gets big the tomato can get the rot.
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I started mixing in moist coffee grounds with the near by soil. Free from starbucks by the pound. That's about all that starbucks is good for. Made my tomatoes go crazy.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Are you growing in pots or the ground
In the ground
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My neighbor down at the bay puts nothing but leaves on the soil. We have never checked the soil but the tomatoes and the rest of the veggies flourish!

When its fall, we make a run through the neighborhood on trash day and pick up a pickup truck load of bagged leaves (all bagged up for free) and that usually lasts the whole year. We do a Spring, Fall and Winter garden..I say we but its really him. I'm only there on weekends and breaks.
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Originally Posted by doubledip View Post

What do you put in your soil ? How do you know it's right?

Well, when I grow tomatoes I put a tomato plant into the soil. I always know it is "right" because it says so, right there on the tag: "tomato".


Best tomato cages you can get are the ones you make yourself out of the reinforcing wire mesh used in driveways. It is 5-ft across, has 6-inch holes in the mesh. You need about 9-feet of it, wrap it around to make a tube about 3-ft in diameter. Tomato will grow wild inside that thing. When branch starts to grow out just fold it back inside. You can easily reach in through the 6-in holes to harvest the fruit from anywhere on the plant.
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Don't just guess or let someone from across the country tell you what you need in the soil. Get your soil tested from a reputable source. Check with your local extension service or check the link out below.

http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/

Nothing quite like fresh maters.
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What Swifty says and it is not expensive either
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Part of the answer depends on where you are located.
Tomatoes like even water. Don't let them dry out or stay wet. I did mine in raised beds and used cages made the same as eyeball suggested. I used grip irrigation under landscape fabric. I put sand in the walkways between the raised rows. They like warm soil (70 min), but not hot, so I mulched the exposed fabric.
My soil had cow manure, compost, sand and slow release 5-10-10.
The soil was slightly acid (PH 6 to 6.6). I always pinched the suckers.
The plants always produced more than we could use or give away. The only pest that I had was tomato hornworm that I removed by hand.

Here's a link that seemed pretty good, although I didn't read it all. http://www.weekendgardener.net/veget...oes-070707.htm
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Can't go wrong with miracle grow and Better Boy maters
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Last years pics,but still good ones. Start in the fall after harvest, by planting a cover crop of perennial rye. It will grow all winter even in colder climes. Cut it with a lawn mower about 2-3 weeks before planting, roto till it in. Mix in about 3lbs of 10-10-10 in the row before planting.. When the plants are knee high, start side dressing with a higher middle number, thats phosphorus. Side dress about every 3 weeks. 3 lbs per 100 ft row. Go light on the first number Nitrogen, it will only give you top growth P is for the fruits. Lime should be spread before planting and worked in. If you're in a southern clime you'll have to spray with fungicide, like fungoil or mancozeb, once a week, starting at planting. Don't worry about blossom end rot, it only occurs with the first set of fruits, it will quit early on. Cut suckers starting at the base of the plant, don't let the plant get higher than 5ft. Keep suckering all summer, you should have 4-5 clusters of tomatoes. Goliath are with out a doubt the finest, most productive variety out there. Last year I grew 250 plants and harvested 7,000 lbs of toms, thats no BS.
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Originally Posted by 23Dorado View Post
I started mixing in moist coffee grounds with the near by soil. Free from starbucks by the pound. That's about all that starbucks is good for. Made my tomatoes go crazy.
Try to use decaffeinated, it keeps the plants grounded..
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adimice, nice! Now you need to raise hogs for all those BLT's.

Your spot on with nitrogen. I always used lime, but that's why I said "depends on where you are located". A Ph test is about the easiest test you can do and that will tell you if you need lime and how much. In the NE, I limed pretty heavy. During the winter, I grew winter rye for a cover crop as that will germinate at lower temps.

If you get into crop rotation and have space, clovers can be planted in the unused sections during the growing season. They make great "green" manure crops and as legumes, they are nitrogen "fixers".

It's been 10 years since I've been able to have a garden, lots of fun, lots of work and very rewarding!
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Great thread. I`ve been wanting to learn the proper steps needed to grow tomatoes. Perfect timing. Thanks for the website link.
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BTW, despite what anyone here might tell you, skin tags do not make good fertilizer!
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If you plant the "Sun Gold" variety of cherry tomato, I suggest you just plant one plant!



Adimice, I see you're not using cages or stakes, but do see wires running. How far apart are they? I may have to try that this year..

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