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Originally posted by mutantgenius
Originally posted by Iwinder
One to add here if your planting tomatoes in the same spot every year, before you plant on the second year give the ground a little bit of Epsom salts to help with removing the acidity in the soil as it builds up over the years.
Really great read and thanks to the OP for such an informative thread.
Also, if your tomatoes have blight it is quite possible that it will stay in the soil, so if your tomatoes suffered from blight the previous year, best not to plant them in that same spot until one full year has passed. I plant my toms in the same spot every year and they seem very happy, but will definately try the epsom salt this spring. Thanks!
EDIT TO ADD: Before I go, if you are having squirrel problems (they like to dig in my beds just after sowing, little brats - I think there are peanuts growing underground!) They can't stand capsicum(sp?) so sprinkling a little cayenne around will deter them until after a couple of rains, also if you recognize their routes across your fences and such a little hot sauce here and there helps.
edit on 8-3-2011 by mutantgenius because: didnt want to make a new post.
Originally posted by chiefsmom
One thing I do, because yes, I'm a very lazy gardener, is to throw the stuff most people put into a compost pile, in between my rows. Saves me time, and since I plant my rows just a bit wider than the rototiller, it gets blended in nicely.
Originally posted by Iwinder
Originally posted by MyMindIsMyOwn
The solution is to plant Merry-golds all around the base of your tomatoes and you will be good to go.
Our experience tells us that they (earwigs) hate Mary-golds)
Snakes also find Merry golds smelly so they stay far far away from them. So if you have a snake problem like we do... dig a narrow row and sprinkle the seeds and lightly cover and encircle your garden plot. Ill try and post some pictures of my neighbors garden.. it was beautiful last year
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One tip I've used with a lot of success in ridding my garden of birds and other critters.....
Does anybody have a method of getting rid of the quack grass without killing everything in sight?
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