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Violet Marie    Posted 05-15-2001 at 18:41:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't have a garden so planted my poor tomatoes into the hillside with topsoil. The ground is too gravelly to till. There is clay and stones. I guess I am looking for a miracle. I did, lasagna mulch them with the newspapers. They are gettin kinder yeller on the bottoms. What should I feed them with? TIA...Violet Marie.

LA Sweetheart    Posted 05-19-2001 at 11:19:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]

One option if you may be moving is container gardening. use the larger containers and if you use them for tomatoes don't plant them all them way at the top. get pots that are at least 24" deep and start with 12" of soil. pinch the bottom 2-3 leaves off the plant and place the plant on top of the soil. take more soil and bury the plants up to what is now the bottom leaves. as tomatoes grow, you can 'hill' the soil up around the stems and they will root along the part of stem that is covered, thus allowing more stability and more area for water and nutrients to be used by the plant. lettuce and bell peppers also do good in containers. when/if you move, if you have plants, you load them up and head out. if the growing season is over you can take the soil with you, but remember it will have to be amended before you plant anything else in it or dump it and hose the container out and pack stuff in it.

Violet Marie    Posted 05-19-2001 at 16:55:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you folks for all this good information. The lady that wrote about the calcium too. I plan to try this container gardening. I have the buckets I just need the soil. The lady down the road said we could dig some at her family farm. I will mulch around the plants so they won't get weeds. Yesterday I got a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard pup for my future farm. They are herding, hog dogs. She is a mix and looks purtier than a calico cat. :-) Any suggestions about those type dogs will be appreciated. Have a good one. Violet Marie.

Don S.    Posted 05-17-2001 at 19:55:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Add calcium to the soil for blossom end rot.

tomatolord    Posted 05-16-2001 at 09:56:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Raised beds -

Just break the soil up so the ground is not rock hard.

Then pile up mulch about 18 inches initially
let it sit over the winter
then add 7-8 inches of mulch the next spring
Plant directly into the mulch.

I use leaf mulch - most towns collect the leaves in the fall, so they do not gum up the sewer systems and store them somewhere for the taking...

Any manure from animals let that compost a while - 2-3 months before using...

this way you do not have till or dig and by adding the mulch each year it keeps the weeds down...

Violet Marie    Posted 05-16-2001 at 10:47:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I will do that if we stay. We have only an acre and half of it is woods. I will rake some of the leaves down and do just that. I have a couple of bunnies that make some nice bunny buttons so I can make bunny tea from them. I used the lasagna mulching method on these tomatoes. I put down newspapers, compost, more papers, etc. Today the tomatoes look better because I used some commercial plant food but they could look even better. I think I will go to the lake and get some good water for them. Thank you. If we stay I now know how to do that space for garden. The best place has the drain field in it. :-(
I miss my big ole farm up North. Violet Marie.

wildflower    Posted 05-16-2001 at 06:12:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We foliar feed with soluable fish emulsion and kelp. Given your soil conditions,prayer is probably heplful,too. I only know organic as I've been doing that for a quarter of a century.

Get that soil up to par. Need to increase organic to improve tilth and nutrients.Start mulching and incorperate that into your soil at the end of the season. Add no more than 50% manure, at end of season,till in slightly and let sheet compost over winter. This is how I've gotten raised beds and good soil quick. I've had to,as I've moved around alot.

Violet Marie    Posted 05-16-2001 at 08:06:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you wildflower....We didn't even till up the clay and rock. We just made some holes, put in some black soil and planted the tomatoes. I will get some of what you recommended. We may be moving again so will not do a lot of gardening here. I pray a lot so this will do as it should. I love to live on faith but at times I get antsy. Thanks again Wildflower. Violet Marie. :-)+

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