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[Tomato Dirt #308] The 5 nutrients your tomatoes need most
May 02, 2024

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 9

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.

What to feed your hungry tomatoes

Tomatoes are heavy feeders. Good gardeners know they need to fertilize tomatoes about every 3 weeks.

Organic fertilizer, soil booster, potting mix, soil test kits, compost recharger … check out all kinds of fertilizers and soil boosters with our good friends at Gardener’s Supply.

This is the GS page where you can get all the different kinds of fertilizing and soil amendment gear you need for your garden. It's so much fun to browse around. And if you find something at a bargain price - well, go for it!

In addition, their fertilizers and soil enhancers are quality products that will last season after season. Check them out here.

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FEATURE: The 5 Nutrients Your Tomatoes Need Most

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What nutrients do tomatoes need in order to be healthy and produce a bumper crop?

Tomato plants are big feeders. There’s a good chance your unamended garden soil doesn’t contain enough nourishment to sustain them through the long growing season.

Even if you have a rich garden bed, you want to make sure there’s enough of the right thing in your soil.

And while it’s great to cultivate your spring season garden with lots of organic material, that’s not the end of the story for tomatoes.

From germination to fruiting, tomato plants have specific nutritional needs.

You face challenges if your soil lacks one of the Big 5 nutrients that tomatoes need the most... (Keep reading … )

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Tomato Growing Tip: Tomatoes need 5 nutrients to thrive

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Create your own black gold

Compost: there’s a reason it’s called “black gold.” Adding compost to your soil is the single best thing you can do for your plants.

And you don’t need to pay top dollar for this amazing soil enricher. You can create your own compost right in your backyard using simple kitchen and garden refuse.

The best way to do that is by using a compost bin.

Building and maintaining a compost pile is the surest, easiest way to become a better gardener. And it’s great for the environment.

Not only will you be producing the best possible food for your garden, but by watching leaves, eggshells, orange rinds, and grass clippings become transformed into rich compost filled with earthworms and other soil creatures, you'll help re-use resources that you might otherwise throw away. Check out dozens of different kinds of compost bin models offered to Tomato Dirt readers from our friends at Gardener’s Supply – and choose the one that works best for you.

More about Fertilizing Tomatoes

How and When to Fertilize Tomato Plants Organic and Inorganic Tomato Fertilizer: Advantages and Disadvantages Epsom Salts: a Natural Fertilizer for Tomatoes Will this Tomato Fertilizer Work for You?

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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