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Post  has55 on 6/30/2016, 8:09 pm

has anyone use fish meal with their tomatoes?
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Post  camprn on 6/30/2016, 9:09 pm

I use lobster compost, so yes.

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Post  has55 on 6/30/2016, 9:46 pm

@camprn wrote:I use lobster compost, so yes.
What kind of results are you getting, since you started using it?
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Post  countrynaturals on 7/1/2016, 2:46 am

Asperin tablets to prevent disease? Interesting.  Cool
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Post  CitizenKate on 7/1/2016, 9:59 am

I've been putting ground aspirin tablets in my homemade tomato fertilizer mix. The mix has produced some very good results, but I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to the aspirin.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/13/2017, 1:28 pm

Has anyone ever tried this?  If so, what were the results?


I never get many fruits from my large tomato plants... only the cherries are abundant.
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Post  hammock gal on 6/13/2017, 2:23 pm


Years ago, I had a wonderful Italian landlord who grew the best tomatoes I've ever tasted. One tip he gave me was to be sure to "pinch off the suckers."
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Post  sanderson on 6/14/2017, 3:32 am

CC, No, I haven't.

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Post  CitizenKate on 6/14/2017, 9:31 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Has anyone ever tried this?  If so, what were the results?


I never get many fruits from my large tomato plants... only the cherries are abundant.

I include Epsom salt in my homemade tomato food mix, and have gotten good results from the mix.  Again, not sure how much I can attribute to the Epsom salt vs the other ingredients.

Here's what the National Gardening Association says about it.
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Post  CitizenKate on 6/14/2017, 9:33 pm

@hammock gal wrote:
Years ago, I had a wonderful Italian landlord who grew the best tomatoes I've ever tasted. One tip he gave me was to be sure to "pinch off the suckers."

I only do this with my indeterminates (the more "vine-y" varieties), so they grow up a single stem. The more bushy (indeterminate) tomato plants need all their suckers to give you the best yields.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/15/2017, 11:06 am

@CitizenKate wrote:

I include Epsom salt in my homemade tomato food mix, and have gotten good results from the mix.  Again, not sure how much I can attribute to the Epsom salt vs the other ingredients.

Here's what the National Gardening Association says about it.

Thanks, Kate. I found this in the article:
"When diluted with water, and especially when applied as a foliar spray, Epsom salts can be taken up quickly by plants. Epsom salts' magnesium content, high solubility, and ease of application as a foliar spray are the main reasons for the positive results many gardeners see in their plants."
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/15/2017, 3:24 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
Asperin tablets to prevent disease? Interesting.  Cool

Mel suggests this in the Answer Book.
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/19/2017, 7:59 pm

Do all tomato plants get ratty looking when they start producing blossoms or is that just another facet of my tomato curse? It's like my plants can't support flowers, fruit, and leaves at the same time. Sad
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