Fertilizing the Tomatoes

Interesting ideas encountered under a search for “tomato fertilizer”

  • Combine eggshells and human hair in a base of coffee grounds.
  • Fertilize before planting.
  • Fertilize after planting.
  • Mulch with organic matter.
  • Add fish emulsion or compost tea to the soil.
  • Mix wood ash or bone ash into the soil.

What’s a gardener to do? Ah, readers, you know me. I always have a response or comment or just a smart remark. Define “smart” any way you wish, peoples. Let’s try that list again.

  • Combine eggshells and human hair in a base of coffee grounds. I have all of these in abundance, but can I bear to save the potentially smelly mix indoors? Will it attract that *$#! raccoon if I store it outside?
  • Fertilize before planting. Well, I did prep the soil for better drainage. 
  • Fertilize after planting. I can do this. Might be worth a try.
  • Mulch with organic matter. I used most of the available “organic matter” in prepping the soil. I could get more from the brush dump if I’m ambitious.
  • Add fish emulsion or compost tea to the soil. Fish? Nope. No fish innards in our humble home where the men fish strictly catch and release. Compost tea? Now that I can make! The plants will drink, er, soak it up happily.
  • Mix wood ash or bone ash into the soil. I prefer to add the fireplace waste to the compost itself, where it balances the pH of the organic matter. Did you like how I worked in the formal terms? 
The final question: Daisy, the recall election is coming up on Tuesday. Aren’t you just a wee bit stressed?
The final answer: Yes.

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