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[Tomato Dirt #216] Compost NOW to Grow Healthy Tomatoes Next Season
November 19, 2020

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 24

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

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

Black Gold: It’s Easy to Make Your Own

Compost: it’s called “Black Gold” for a good reason. It’s the ultimate inexpensive way to recycle yard and kitchen waste back into your garden. Make sure you have what you need to start or build productive, healthy compost for next year’s garden. Take a look at composting gear used by gardeners like you!

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FEATURE: Compost 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. Don’t wait until next spring. Start now and you’ll have beautiful, rich compost to add to your garden when planting time rolls around next season.

  • 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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    Tomato Growing Tip: Two Kinds of Compost Bins

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    Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

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

    Yimbly, Jora, Goplus, Spin Bin and more compost tumblersOrganic compost starter to get started naturallyCedar Compost bins: assembled or build your own

    More about Preparing Your Garden for Winter

    Composting Basics to Get You Started8 Steps to Fall Tomato Garden Clean UpAvoid These 3 Mistakes as Your Prepare the Garden for WinterHow to Choose Tomato Varieties to Grow in Winter

    That’s it for now. More next time.

    Until then, happy gardening!

    Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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