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How do I know if my green tomatoes may be soil deficient?

by Nan
(Tyler, Texas, USA)

My husband started our raised beds and added lots of peat to them. Sadly, though, he passed away before the tomatoes started blooming.

I am trying my best to keep the garden going and it is doing great. However, I have lots of tomatoes on the vine but they are not showing any color after several weeks of warm Texas weather. Could this be a deficiency in the soil and can I still fix it with fruit on the vine?

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Sep 05, 2020

by: Kathryn


Condolences on your husband. Glad he got you started with gardening.

Tomatoes are heavy feeders. The best raised bed soil is nutrient-rich, with plenty of compost, topsoil, and fertilizer. (Read more about preparing your raised beds to grow tomatoes.)

Having said that, you can amend the soil anytime with a good amount of compost and topsoil. Use a shovel or pitchfork to deposit these amendments around the base of your tomato plants. With a spade, turn over the additions into the current soil.

Next season, add plenty of compost and organic matter to the raised bed before planting time.

Good luck and happy gardening!
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