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Old 04-22-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My MIL suggested putting egg shells with cow manure with them.
My neighbor suggested epson salt and lime.

What is the best way to plant, to have the best tomatoes, ever?!
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:03 PM
 
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I went to this tomato talk with one of my ex-gf's (who was gungho about organic veggies & container gardening) and the expert said to dig deep like 4 or 5 feet & turn the soil, adding lots of organic compost. He said the plant's roots are as deep as the stalk is tall, so if you've got hard compacted clay soil you're constricting your bush.

Also the key to sweet tomatoes (besides choosing sweet varieties) is to control irrigation and only water in the early morning once you notice the leaves start to droop. Cooler areas can go for a couple weeks once the plant is established, while hot deserts may necessitate watering every day. He didn't mention any specific fertilizers or anything, but I like this stuff called Bumper-Crop that's sold at specialty nurseries. It smells very earthy & organic!

Oh try to get a cherry tomato called Sungold. It's super sweet (:
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:22 AM
 
Location: alabama
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for the best tomatoes pick the best variety for your purpose.

Then dig a big hole for your plants, and mix the dirt out of that hole with rabbit manure (if you can get it) and put it back into the hole, place you plants in the middle, plant deep, water well, mulch and wait.

If you can't find rabbit manure use a well composted cow or chicken manure. But rabbit is the best.

Remember...tomatoes need about an inch of water a week. The eggshell adds calcium to the soil, they won't hurt a bit.

When watering...water well...it is better not to water than to just sprinkle the surface.

The deeper you plant your tomatoes the better, they will gow roots on the buried stem.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Funny, I dreamed last night that I was growing tomatoes and the green tomatoes were as big as melons. It's fun to dream 'cause I know THAT ain't happening! Good luck with your real tomatoes!
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Good dirt and miracle gro, water well once a week, pinch the suckers off. Works for me.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Dont pinch the suckers. I had tomatoes grow from them. Your pinching off yeilds. If you pinch off suckers be prepared to have 7 foot tomatoes and that sucks when your under 6 feet tall.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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My MIL suggested putting egg shells with cow manure with them.
My neighbor suggested epson salt and lime.

What is the best way to plant, to have the best tomatoes, ever?!
Eggshells are not for at the moment recipe. in other words it takes a long time for the shells to break the nutrients down into the soil.. Epson salt and lime? Maybe for Lemon trees. Do not put cow manure if you plan on planting within 3 weeks of adding manure..
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Plant deep! Maybe thats where I went wrong last year.
I appreciate the feed back! Thanks a bunch!
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I think I am going to do topsy turvy this year cause last yr my tomatoes did not do crap and the ones in the topsy turvy did wonderful and they were so juicy and good .
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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The basics, good well draining soil, lots of sun, and consistent watering. Use whatever you like for fertilizer, I use horse poo in my beds so I rarely add anything else. 10-10-10 is my second choice. Remove all by the top 2-3 leaves. Plant it so that those leaves are just above the soil. The stalk will root all along the edge and provide a robust root system. Use lime if you have acidic soil to ward off Blossom end rot. Add 1 tbsp of Epson salt in a gallon of water if the plants are turning yellow. Water deeply and often during production time. Suckers, if pinched, can be rooted in water in a sunny window. Change the water daily. Plant the suckers the same way you would the other plants. For long seasons, it's a good way to continue your harvest well into the fall.

Remember to stake, train, or cage the tomatoes to keep them off the soil and away from the insects that would eat them. And a matchstick (or other small piece of wood) against the stem at planting time will keep cutworms from slicing them in two. Just stick it into the soil after planting so that at least 1" is above ground. The cutworm can't wrap itself all the way around the stalk.
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