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 Post subject: Growing great tomatoes
PostPosted: May 20th, 2016, 6:01 pm 
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Actually, I disagree somewhat with the part about the spacing of the plants. Last year I planted a few tomato plants that I bought at the greenhouse the day it was closing and they were all scraggly and I didn't even think they'd grow at all. They were labeled "non-GMO" varieties, so I thought what the heck. I stuck them into my old whisky barrel planter that I usually use for flowers because it had been way too cold to plant flowers, so it sat there empty. Needless to say, I stuck them in there with only about 6 inches between plants. They went bonkers. By week 3 I had to stake them because they were so tall and kept tipping over and they were actually using each other for support. I then wondered if I would actually get any tomatoes; just because the leaves and stalks looked great didn't mean I'd actually get any fruit! Well, about another week or so went by and I could see the little yellow flowers peeking out on every plant and soon I had golf ball sized tomatoes, then baseball. Some even went to softball size if my grandkids left them alone! The beefsteak were by far the tastiest, with the early girls being next for flavor, but they were all soooooo much better than those hard, tasteless things from the grocery store or even anything I could have purchased at the farmers market or the food co-op.

So get from this article what you can, but nothing is written in stone, doncha know.

P.S. I didn't have time to compost either, but I did dissolve some crystals of azomite and put that on the soil the day after I planted them. Then about 3 weeks or so later, I dissolved some epsom salts in water and drizzled that around the base of each plant. Don't know if it helped but at least I got a few great big beyond-red tomatoes.


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