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[Tomato Dirt #160] ] Tips: Composting Now to Grow Healthy Tomatoes Next Season
October 11, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 26

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A few times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Tips for Composting Now to Grow Healthy Tomatoes Next Season

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Compost is an excellent component to add to your garden to help you grow healthy tomatoes and other crops. You may be surprised to learn that composting is a gardening activity you can and should do year round. As we move into the fall be sure to use these special tips for composting in the fall.

Composting in the Fall

  • Capitalize on garden clean up.Collect your fall leaves to use in your compost pile, layering them with dead or dying flowers, spent tomato plants, grass clippings, and other garden debris as you tidy up the garden after the growing season. Alternate a layer of leaves to the compost pile with other organic material to prevent matting.
  • Plan for winter. Whether your compost pile is new or established, reserve extra leaves in a separate pile or in a bag next to your compost bin. Use them during the winter as a brown layer in between “green” kitchen refuse.
  • Monitor rain. Keep a tarp ready to spread over the pile during rainy spells to prevent the compost from becoming too soggy.
  • Turn the pile. Don’t forget to turn your compost to let in air pockets during the autumn months.
Learn more about composting now

… and get more helpful tips about how to dry tomatoes on our Composting for Tomatoes Pinterest Board.

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Make Your Own Compost – Good for Your Garden and Your Wallet

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Yimbly, Jora, Goplus, Spin Bin and more compost tumblers Organic compost starter to get started naturally Cedar Compost bins: assembled or build your own

More Tips for Your Fall Garden

Composting Basics to Get You Started 8 Steps to Fall Tomato Garden Clean Up How to Grow Fall Tomatoes to Get Fresh Veggies Til Frost How to Choose Fall Tomato Varieties to Grow in Autumn

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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