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Thread: So is everyone getting thier tomato ready for the summer?

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    So is everyone getting thier tomato ready for the summer?

    Instead of following the possible "blood on the 190" story tonight I decided to get my Tomato Success Kit ready for the summer.

    This thing really paid off.

    I let it sit over the winter in the garage with the soil still in it.

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    I dumped the old dirt into my 45 gallon soil storage garbage can and cleaned the pieces.

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    The insert sits in the bottom part and separates the soil from the water underneath.


    Tomato Success Kit

    This year I'm going to try Happy Frog Potting Soil. I'm going to mix it 50/50 with the old soil from last year. I'm not going to mix any dry fertilizer in the soil because I'll constantly feed the plants with General Hydroponics fertilizer 3 part mix.

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    First thing I did was make sure the soil was packed into the bottom of the unit.

    This will make sure the water and nutrients wick up from the bottom.

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    I then mixed about 50% of the oil soil with the new Happy Frog and filled it within an 1" of the top. You pat it down but you don't want to compress it too much.

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    I then picked the two healthiest out of the group.

    Tomato Success Kit

    Here are the baby pictures of these two. Both are grape type tomatoes.

    Seedlings

    Seedlings

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    In this case I wanted to plant the tomatoes as deep as I could.

    Tomato Success Kit

    Made two holes about the size of the pots so that the stems of the plants would go beneath the surface to root.

    You can see where the side stems are actually past the soil surface.

    Tomato Success Kit

    I pinch the lower stems off each plant. Tomatoes will acutally side root from the stem. The better the root system the healthier the plant will be.

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    I then just top filled in the plants and we are ready to go.

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    I'll put in another 1/2" of soil in tomarrow.

    Tomato Success Kit

    You fill the bottom of the container from the side. Once I know they are starting to take I'll start to mix the nutrients in with thier water.

    This stuff is great.

    General Hydroponics Nutrients

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    Remember last season? Last year I grew more of a plum type tomato. No comparison to what you get at the store.

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    Bunch of tomatoes

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    Great Stuff for Tomatoes and growing things!!

    You are soooo right on with those liquid fertilizing solutions! I had a bumper crop of those cherry tomoatoes last year!! Anyone reading this thread should take note. You REALLY know what you are talking about here. I just gave what I had left to some friends with the pots and stuff I used...that you recommended. I told my friends to take a look here to see what you have done. I consider you an expert on growing veggies in pots! And thanks...
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    my tomatoes..first crop June 2007

    Hope you can see the tomatoes here....tried to attach them to this posting.

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    Res, how are your veggies coming along?
    I'll try taking some pictures of mine tom. w/ my camera phone, as I still haven’t gotten a new digicam.

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    Here are some of the plants...

    Now I haven't started to feed them yet. I want their roots to take hold. I just trans planted them a little over a week ago..

    potted plants

    You can see all the new growth since I moved them to the bigger container.

    June 12th

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    DO NOT let your plants dry out. If you have them in pots you may have to water more than once a day.

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    These are coming along rather fine. I have already started to spike thier water with the General Hydroponic food.

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    As you can see I have pruned the lower branches. They are blocked by the upper leaves anyways.

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    We have tomatos on the way.

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    Well these two plants are coming along just great...

    These were taken July 12th

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    Happy and healthy

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    With loads on the way

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    My other tomatoes are coming along great too. Don't let your pots dry out.

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