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Posted on 02 April 2011 by

The Weirdest Things to Use in the Tomato Garden

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Sometimes the oddest things are the best things when it comes to the garden.

To prove my point, think of the reaction of the pilgrims when the Indians showed them how to plant corn with a fish.

Or in recent times, using gray water in the garden.

Sometimes it makes one go hmmm…

So here are some not so unusual items that are add to the garden soil and some quite unique items that may make one go hmmm…

  • Banana Peels – These lovely kitchen scraps contain a bounty of potassium. This potassium is easily transferred into the soil and up the plant when the peel is placed in the hole before planting.
  • Epsom Salt – This old drugstore standby is great for the garden especially where tomatoes are going to be placed. Simply put ½ cup into each hole before planting the tomato. Also, dissolving Epsom salt into water that is going to used on tomatoes is another approach.
  • Eggshells – These provide calcium to the soil. Dry out the shells in an oven or in the sun, crush, and add to the hole prior to planting. Another approach is to place the dried, crushed eggshells to the water and let set for at least 24 hours. Then use this water when hydrating the garden. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 17 February 2011 by

Compost: Liquid Gold For Your Garden

By Guest Writer Penny Mohney of Penny’s Tomatoes

If you are thinking about starting your own compost pile think about this.

With just a little knowledge you can turn your everyday garbage into nutrient rich fertilizer for your yard or garden and the best part is…it’s organic.

Let’s start with your container.

You can buy or build something to house your compost pile.  A wooden frame (like a sandbox) made out of 2×10’s (or what ever) in the corner of our yard will work great. Add your scraps to it on a daily basis and “stir” or “fluff” it up 2 to 3 times a week.

Many materials can be added to a compost pile, including Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 22 September 2008 by

Can I Compost My Tomato Plants?

By Kira Hamman


But if you’re going to use your compost in the garden:

1. It’s best not to compost diseased plants because disease can spread through the soil. Instead, dispose of them in the garbage, burn them, or start a separate compost pile (far from the garden) that you’re not going to use.

2. You can compost Read the rest of this entry »


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