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Re: does one pinch tomatoes?

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  • Subject: Re: does one pinch tomatoes?
  • From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 21:15:00 -0500
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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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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