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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 01 January 2008 by

Using Hair to Grow Tomatoes

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Tomato HairBy Michelle Fabio

If you’re looking for something different to add to your tomatoes next growing season, you may need to look no further than your own head.

Human hair pressed into mats and imported from China and India are the latest trend in gardening.

The hair, marketed as SmartGrow, is effective not only in keeping out weeds but also in helping tomatoes grow, according to University of Florida researchers.

Although scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why the hair would increase plant yields, many growers in central Florida already Read the rest of this entry »

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