True...make sure the MM goes in the planting hole and none of it is outside the hole. Until I figured this out, my tomato babies were dug up and molested every night by a raccoon. Every morning, I had to replant the babies.
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Post by desertwoman on Apr 1, 2021 18:14:01 GMT -5
I place MM only in the hole- none on top of the soil- and last year some critter dug 'em all up. A few times. Until I wised up to what was going on. So I built a temporary cage around the section that had tomatoes and chiles. That took care of it. No more digging. No more bodies laying about each morning. It worked great and I got the benefits of MM. I put in stakes in the 4 corners and then wrapped chicken wire around the perimeter and laid more ch wire across the top, tying it in to the sides Then anchored the bottom edges with rocks and pieces of wood. At some point I removed the cage, once I felt the plants were established enough.
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Post by Wheelgarden on Apr 1, 2021 19:58:00 GMT -5
I always mix Mumsey's with a little finished compost, put it in the bottom of the planting hole, stir it with garden soil, plant the plant, then cover with more garden soil and water. Never a problem with critters (and oh, I do have lots of critters), and my plants do love it.
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Post by centralilrookie on Apr 1, 2021 21:21:30 GMT -5
Last year as I discussed my plan for planting the tomatoes with my neighbor lady she politely informed me that tomato plants “do not” get 5ft tall. I told her that between the Mumsey’s Mix and the well rotted cow manure that the plants would grow out of the tops of the concrete reinforcement mesh cages. Needless to say she was quite impressed and very pleased as she is the one that started the Old German Pink tomatoes plants. Also she got all the tomatoes she wanted and gave many away.