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Re: does one pinch tomatoes?


Good to know.  Thanks Pam.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 9:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] does one pinch tomatoes?


Kitty - be sure to mix some crush eggshell in the soil when you plant them,
or top dress later.  I do that w/ peppers, which like tomatoes, can get
blossom end rot from calcium deficiency.  I mix it into the soil and top
dress once in high summer and once in early fall.

On 4/29/07, Cersgarden@aol.com <Cersgarden@aol.com> wrote:

Kitty, I do not pinch but I do prune up the stem as it matures to approx.
1',
lay newspapers around the plant and top with grass clippings several
inches
thick.   Disease is caused by water splashing from the soil to the lower
leaves
and this helps prevent that & the papers & clippings hold a consistent
moisture. I do not fertilize but add compost to the beds each fall. My
tomatoes
get 8-9' tall & produce masses of fruit. The Sweet Baby Girl did not get
quite that tall last year which was the first year I grew the variety. Be
fore
fall frost I gather the green tomatoes & place in a brown paper sack to
ripen.
They are much to tall to pull & hang.   Bonnie, isn't that   a mess?
    BTW, Kitty, I plant my tomatoes in the ground approx May 15.
              Ceres


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