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Post  shargets healthy on 6/12/2017, 5:45 pm

Hi everyone,
I'm new and not sure if I am posting this in the right spot. 

1.  I would like to know how to go about using Epsom salts for my tomatoes.  Do I put the Epsom salts right in the dirt or do I mix it with water and if so what ratio?

2.  Would it be alright to plant nasturtiums at the base of my tomatoes.  I know that nasturtiums can attract aphids.  Not sure if that is a good thing as it would keep them off of tomatoes or if it would encourage them.  Any thoughts?


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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/12/2017, 7:22 pm

@shargets healthy wrote:Hi everyone,
I'm new and not sure if I am posting this in the right spot. 

1.  I would like to know how to go about using Epsom salts for my tomatoes.  Do I put the Epsom salts right in the dirt or do I mix it with water and if so what ratio?

2.  Would it be alright to plant nasturtiums at the base of my tomatoes.  I know that nasturtiums can attract aphids.  Not sure if that is a good thing as it would keep them off of tomatoes or if it would encourage them.  Any thoughts?


Many thanks in advance.
Hi shargets!  Welcome!  And yes, this is the right spot!  I have not used Epsom salts in my SFG, but when I typed "epsom" in the upper left hand white SEARCH box, there were quite a few threads on this practice.  I think honestly, the way I understand it, unless there is a deficiency it does no good.  

On the nasturtium question, are you doing Square Foot Gardening?  If so, do not do that.  Nasturtiums are vining, vigorous flowers, beautiful, edible plant, but I think the square would be over crowded and you would be inviting the pest to the front door.  Interestingly, I had my nasturtiums near my milkweed last year, and the aphids much prefer the milkweed....grrrr.  

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Post  shargets healthy on 6/13/2017, 10:09 am

Thanks so much for your response!  Yes, I kind of thought that it might not be a good idea to put the nasturtiums right in with the tomatoes.  Yes, they are in boxes. 

I had not thought to use the search function about Epsom salts.  Thanks for the tip.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/13/2017, 10:19 am

I plant nasturtiums in an outside corner square and let them flow over the sides.

Below are photos from last summer in the corner of my 2x4 table top bed.

I also changed to "tomatoe" to "tomato" in the title of this thread.  Very Happy





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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 6/13/2017, 3:34 pm

I grow dwarf and semi-trailing (mainly Empress of India) nasturtiums, rather than trailiers  or climbers. I tried putting some in with my ground cherry plants, but they got too shaded and really didn't do as well as my other nasturtiums.
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Post  shargets healthy on 6/14/2017, 10:28 am

@trolleydriver wrote:I plant nasturtiums in an outside corner square and let them flow over the sides.

Below are photos from last summer in the corner of my 2x4 table top bed.

I also changed to "tomatoe" to "tomato" in the title of this thread.  Very Happy

Thanks for changing my typo Trolleydriver!!! I think I was going to type tomatoes and changed my mind.  LOL  I saw it after the fact but didn't know if I could change it.  Very Happy

Your table top boxes look great.  What do you put on the bottom, plywood?  What type of a life span do they have?
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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/14/2017, 2:20 pm

Epsom salt. Why needed?

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Re: Tomato Questions

Post  camprn on 6/15/2017, 12:16 pm

If you have made your Mel's mix with the variety of quality composts as recommended there should be no reason for adding garden soil supplements, in this case Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to your growing mixture.

If you are wanting to avoid blossom end rot (often a result of inconsistent watering) keep your watering steady and only when needed.

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Post  Turan on 6/15/2017, 2:04 pm

I know lots of people use Epsom salts as a preventive and cure-all for tomatoes. It dissolves easily in water and thus is quickly available if needed and does not build up in the soil. That latter means if it is not changing the soil balance and thus is not doing harm. It is probably way over used.

I use it because I noticed suspicious interveinal yellowing and lesions. I did a soil test through a local ag company and among the results were very high calcium and potassium, both of which tie up the magnesium and make it unavailable to the plants.

Here is a good article on all this https://garden.org/learn/articles/view/68/

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Post  shargets healthy on 6/16/2017, 9:53 am

Thank you to everyone for their responses.
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Post  SwampTroll on 8/14/2017, 12:58 pm

My Indigo Kumquat tomato is behaving very strangely.  Despite it getting plenty of water the lower leaves are turning yellow and dying, while the upper leaves look perfectly fine and the tomatoes continue to ripen nicely.

I've checked and yet to see any type of pest that may be responsible.

This plant is in a pot outside of my SFG and the other  tomatoes around it (Tiny Toms) do not seem to be affected.

Any idea what could be causing this?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/14/2017, 1:36 pm

I had that once twice.  Mine was tomato-pith-necrosis. My photos and a link on pg 3 of this thread:
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t19843p50-new-england-august-2015
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