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Post  garden_noob on 10/23/2010, 6:53 pm

Is there a right way to prune a tomato plant? And are the pruning's useful for any type of compost? i.e. put them back in the box from whence they came?

I know tomato's want certain minerals but can't remember what and forgot where I read it.

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Re: Tomato pruning and .....?

Post  camprn on 10/23/2010, 7:02 pm

glad you\'re here To the Square Foot Garden Forum! Click here for an extensive thread about pruning tomato plants. The search feature is your friend!! ( mine too Very Happy )
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Re: Tomato pruning and .....?

Post  CarolynPhillips on 10/24/2010, 12:48 am

hey garden-noob.
You should not compost tomato leaves or plants. , nor cucumber plants or squash plants.
they can carry a fungus or disease that will spread into your compost pile and then
you will distribute it into your grow beds and end up with an awful mess later on.
I did not read all of the topic that Camprn gave a link to. But it should put you on the right road.
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I personally find search and google very helpful but sometimes I would much rather communicate with other people---

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Post  ander217 on 10/24/2010, 6:18 pm

If you get your Mel's Mix right the first time you shouldn't need to add anything extra to your tomatoes except maybe a side dressing of compost if they have been producing really heavily all summer. However, I didn't get a good mix the first time and my tomatoes weren't doing well at all until I sprinkled bone meal in the box for phosphorus and added some fish emulsion for nitrogen. (Too much nitrogen makes them put on too much foliage, but mine weren't growing and were turning yellow and needed it.)
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Re: Tomato pruning and .....?

Post  camprn on 10/24/2010, 6:43 pm



FYI , I add any healthy squash or tomato plant parts that I have pruned to my compost pile. I do not add any that have obvious signs of disease.
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Post  SFG in Chicago on 10/24/2010, 7:16 pm

My mom swears by crushed eggshells placed in the hole when planting tomatoes, the calcium prevents blossom end rot. I agree after this year forgetting it on a single tomato plant & that was the only one that got BER. As soon as I added calcium it resolved.

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