March 14, Sunday a. April 14, Wednesday a. No siree. You can see our three colors of eggs from our fancy chickens - yes, those are green eggs in there. June 20, Sunday a. That's the point where I say, "Then you throw in the kitchen sink and cover it all up. The tomatoes are placed three feet apart. We amend our beds with worm castings and we also spray a worm casting tea on the plants while they grow.
We'll also talk staking, proper garden siting, mulching, watering, disease and pest control, harvesting, the heirloom vs. This is a hands-on seminar on backyard tomato growing. June 6, Sunday a. How do we plant a tomato, you might ask? April 3, Saturday a.
Really great stuff. With a ridiculous amount of stuff in the hole, is the answer. We'll put three or four crushed egg shells into the hole as well.
May 23, Sunday a. When someone ropes me into telling them and I start the long answer, I eventually see their eyes glaze over. The eggs supply a nice calcium boost, which will help prevent blossom end rot, that nasty brown patch on the bottom of tomatoes that lack calcium the fish head bones and bone meal also help with that. May 8, Saturday a. We've never had a problem with animals digging up my tomatoes, and we've got three dogs, two cats, and what seem like an endless supply of raccoons living on the property. Learn how to master the art and science of the world's most popular fruit.
Read speaker and class reviews for Cynthia Sandberg, here. That's not necessary and it expels all the air out of the soil. Wait a few minutes to allow the water to drain through. We also recommend putting a handful of pure worm castings in the bottom of the hole. If it's going to be too far down, we'll remove the plant and add some more soil.
We dig a nice deep hole to accommodate all the additions - the exact depth is dependent upon how tall the seedling is that you start with. I've learned over the years that spacing them closer than that means less fruit. Yes, you CAN achieve to make even your most doubting relatives and neighbors envious.
We put in a heaping handful of bone meal. The hole is complete sans kitchen sink and we're now ready to pop in the tomato plant. Love Apple Farms gift certificates can be used towards classes, seedlings, and merchandise. We started this beauty in our heated greenhouse in late January.
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It's an all-purpose organic fertilizer that contains the essential macronutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiun. This is how we plant a tomato. May 9, Sunday a. March 10, Wednesday a. I stress the point that this is the first thing that goes into our very deep planting hole.
Fish tails, spines, guts, as well as shrimp, crab, or lobster shells are all good as well. Please do not man-handle the soil around the plant by stomping on it or pressing too hard.
We trim off the lower leaves, be there one, two, three or more, leaving only the top-most leaves. January 24, Sunday a. I think they're just either too overwhelmed by the real stuff we put in there, or they actually believe we're throwing in a sink. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive information about new classes, planting tips, free give-aways, and more exclusive content.
Worm castings are available for sale at our tomato plant sale. Water it in once, twice, three times at least. February 14, Sunday a.
A temporary well is then made around the plant base to catch the first watering. First off, let's take a look at our sexy specimen here on the left. This particular hole ends up being almost two feet deep, and is ready for our first goody, these impressive fish he. Bone meal also increases calcium availability for the tomato. If it looks like it'll be up above the soil more than we want, that's too bad because we ain't gonna be fishing them fish parts and all that other stuff up out of that hole and digging it deeper.
Bone meal is the next to go into the hole. I even know of someone who called a few restaurants in their area and was quickly rewarded with a nice bounty of juicy fish he.
Some of you may worry about critters digging these up later. Believe it or not, the roots need oxygen down there just as much as they need nutrients and water. This is a nice organic phosphorus source, which is essential for blossom production. Their mix is a very nice of those nutrients. Check out other classes at Love Apple Farms by clicking here. It will go into one of our freshly prepared beds, shown to the right. The first watering is the most critical. April 18, Sunday a.
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We get them from the restaurant we grow for, Manresa. Yes, you CAN help your tomatoes taste better.
You can about that science here. You can see the six inch long fish head staring up at us from the bottom of the hole here: If you're reticent to put the fish head in the hole, or simply can't get your mitts on any, we recommend using fish meal as a substitute.
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So we try our best to gauge the depth of the hole according to the height of the plant we're putting in. It protects the plant from some diseases, such as verticillium and fusarium wilts. You might be able to get them free from a good butcher or fishmonger. The aspirin is to help jump start the plant's immune system. Once the tomato is in the hole, we double check the depth by judging how far out of the ground the plant will be sticking.
The next thing that goes into the hole are a couple of aspirin tablets and some crushed chicken egg shells. The plant is eased out of the pot, and before it's placed in the hole, I sprinkle a third of a cup or more on the rootball with a product called Xtreme Gardening's Mykoswhich is a mycorrhizal fungi that attaches to the roots, growing as the root ball grows. We want the plant to be almost completely submerged into the soil, and the fish head and amendments put into the hole need to be covered with a bit of soil, so we plan accordingly for the depth.
That may help keep it from getting dug up. We put an inch or two of soil on top of the amendments in the hole. February 20, Saturday a. We do it multiple times.