How to grow healthier and bigger tomatoes

by Eloise Maynor
(Scottsboro, AL )

A tomato plant will grow much better if you put a handful of Epsom salts in the hole, before you put the plant in. This has always worked for me. Also, another good hint is if you see any sign of insects, mix powdered milk in water and pour, or spray, over the plant. This will not only get rid of the pests, but will make the plant grow much better.


Tomato Dirt comment:
Get more information on the benefits of Epsom salts to your tomato plants:
Epsom salts: a natural fertilizer for tomatoes

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Apr 10, 2015
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Epsom salt
by: Rick

We all know this but be sure to have a soil test.I have excessive; phosphorus,calcium and magnesium.I need no bone meal,no epsom salt.I was totally surprised last year when my results came in.I have no idea how the excessive materials got there.I compost grass and leaves but add nothing to the mix.Just be sure to know what you are working with.

Feb 10, 2015
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leaves
by: frankeinstein

I have a 5 cent tomato garden behind my home. Your suggestions are all nice and will work nicely. I have to tell you guys one thing that the best way to give them natural fertilizers is the dry leaves. Especiallymore here the leaves of the pea plant.

May 24, 2014
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bountiful harvest
by: Anonymous

1.world champion tomato for production is better boy...the grower is totally organic...why not copy him??
2.you must learn how to build organic soil...wilbur
says half a whiskey barrel should produce over 100 lbs of tomatoes...need large cage also...did you know if you take bags of leaves and make a row in foot high grass or more...mow it, gather it, dampen it several times, it turns into rich black soil?? another trick i like is go to wild forest area with rake shovel and bucket, rake back freshly fallen leaves and take top 3 or 4 inches of natural compost along with the humus, rotted sticks, and rotted leaves...you can find all you want, free...
you know you have good rich organic soil when worms love it and grow in it...
3.you must learn how to water deeply and less often so roots will run deep and breathe oxygen...

May 17, 2014
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Powered Milk Insect Spray
by: Anonymous

Could I safely use the same ratio and use liquid milk instead of powdered ?

Nov 27, 2013
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No milk for me!
by: Anonymous

I had a little bit of clabber milk i poured on 6 tomato plants killed them all !!!

Feb 19, 2013
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powdered milk spray
by: Anonymous

How much powdered milk to how much water to make a spray for insects?

Tomato Dirt responds
1 part milk, 4 parts water usually does the trick!

May 25, 2012
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re powdered milk
by: Anonymous

thanks,
powdered milk, ? hard to spray?

Tomato Dirt responds:
Dissolve the powdered milk in water and apply with a pump sprayer!

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