I started a new spot this year and am doing some of experimenting with tomato plants. I know keeping commercial chemicals out of our diet is a big part of not using them in the first place, that being said, I'm using some.
I tilled a pick up truck load of horse compost into a 17'x17' area then made raised beds within that area. I have 18 tomato plants that I started from seed in dairy manure then transplanted outside at 1 month.
In some, I placed 1 part 10-0-10, 1 part gypsum and 1 tbls 10-54-10 bloom food with 3 parts dairy manure at 8" and mixed. I then covered that with 2" soil and placed the 4" to 5" plants on top of that only leaving a little of the plant sticking out of the dirt, maybe 1" to 1.5".
At week 7, I made a 10" circled mound around the plants and sprinkled 1/4 tsp of 10-54-10 inside. They are 8.5 weeks old and all 4 Sweet 100 plants have 20 to 40 buds with 2 that will open today or in the morning. On the 4 Big Boys, there are multiple small buds, 4 to 9.
I have 4 mixed plants that I planted with the trench method and use 1/4 tsp 10-54-10 per plant when I water. No mix under the plants.
The last 6 I have growing only in the compost rich soil they are a mix of Big Boy, Sweet 100 and Sweet Snack. I also have 9 plants growing in plain yard dirt for a control.
That's what I'm using and have some pics under Reclaimed/Repurposed Garden in the veggie section and will update this week. Prolly on the day of week 9.
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