Post by pepperhead212 on May 9, 2021 17:34:21 GMT -5
I planted 2 more tomatoes today - a Boxcar Willie (planted this years ago, and got it as a freebie this year), that has a very thick stalk, and dark leaves, and another Cherry Brownie, that I put in the spot next to the first one, that I originally had for a second Wow! Sungold, but that one just isn't growing nearly as well, either the one outside (the better of the two), or the second one, in the seed room. Plus, I have only one more chocolate variety, while I have 5 gold varieties of cherry/grape (and two of the rest planted), so I planted another cherry brownie, since it's one of the strongest looking varieties, inside and out.
Assuming that I’ll be gardening next year, I swear that I’m making some changes in my tomato growing.
Last year and this year, I depended heavily on promix when the tomato starts needed up potted. Previously, when finished compost was abundant, I made my own mix using about a third compost. Tomatoes responded well, and they looked like small trees when it was time to put in to the garden. I can’t say that I’m proud of my tomato babies this year. They’ll grow, but I ain’t bragging about them. So, I need to work on growing compost.
The other thing I need to change is quit being a cheapskate. I’ve always gardened on the cheap...saving plastic containers that I could use for growing tomatoes to planting size. Next year, plants will be in containers that afford the same drainage. Even if I have to buy those containers. Gotta put some joy back in to this gardening thing.
Remind me next year.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.
binnylou , how are your Hungarian Hearts doing? I remember you said they were the most robust of your seedlings but I've experienced the opposite. They were the most spindly of the seedlings and now that I'm sorting the plants out, I'm finding they're still very spindly when compared with the other plants grown at the same time and with the same lighting. I'm going to baby them for another week or so but unless they get more robust and the flavor is spectacular, I don't know if I'll grow them again. Oh and this is my first year with Pro Mix.
I depended heavily on promix when the tomato starts needed up potted
Usually use Promix, but this year it was out of stock so used something similar. When I repot my starts, after they are outside a few days, I water them with any liquid organic fertilizer (diluted with water). This year it was Neptune's harvest. Previously it was Bonnie something-or-other. After the fertilizer boost, they take off and don't need more. Save my compost for the planting beds.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Post by pepperhead212 on May 16, 2021 11:25:32 GMT -5
I made my own mix up this season, being that Promix has gotten VERY expensive around here, IF I could find it. And those things didn't grow too badly at all, for a homemade mix! Being that I used some old, wet peat as much of the base, I sterilized it, after mixing, then added some mycorrhizae powder after cooling.
I used a large and a small flour scoop, and put about 3 lg scoops of peat, one of coir, and one of perlite. Then I'd add a half a small scoop of vermiculite and a small scoop of granular diatomaceous earth. All this gets mixed up, then sterilized in a low oven. Once cooled, I add a scoop of worm castings, some mycorrhizae powder, and moisten it with some water and Bt israelensis, to prevent fungus gnats. Those early peppers grew so well in this mix I had to make more, to do the rest in!
Post by Wheelgarden on May 20, 2021 19:33:10 GMT -5
I've got Big Beef, Carbon, and Rutgers in, plus the new much-anticipated Sprite cherry toms. My experimentally-minded DS has Green Zebra, Tomesol, Blue Beauty --- and Peron, which interests me. We'll see. Twenty four in all, more than we'd planned, but that's certainly okay. Used pro-mix for starts. It sure is pricey. Planted them with a generous heaping helping of finished compost, and all is well so far.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post by lilolpeapicker on May 21, 2021 9:02:11 GMT -5
In a raised bed 6 tomatoes transplanted here....2 cherry, 2 red Brandywine and 2 Cherokee Purple. Here I have to put a small fence around them so the dog doesn't roam through them or if the frisbee goes in by accident. I'll see if she remembers from last year that is not the place to go.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
Post by desertwoman on May 21, 2021 10:46:23 GMT -5
I use Jiffy organic seed starting mix to get my seeds going. I've never used promix or other- when I pot up I use garden soil from the beds that those plants will be planted in. They go into 4 or 5" pots (sometimes the smaller ones go into 2" but deep [5"] pots ). Some years I have to pot up again to a quart pot, depending on when seeds got started
My beds are 4x8 and I put 5 tomatoes in a bed. There could be a 6th but I leave the 6th (a center spot) for basil. 8 plants would really be a crowd for me and 10 would be out of the question.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005