Re: [tomato] light, not heat

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 13:07:00 -0700

>It certainly seems logical that your mycorrhizal situation has been improved
>by growing your tomatoes in one location.  You have reported good success by
>doing so.    Also, the 'no-till' seems to be the best way of preserving the
>mycorrhiza and the soil structure.  I am going to visit some used book
>stores to find Ruth Stout's book.  She must have been on the right track
>years ago.
>Margaret, tell again what your fertilizer practices are and do you mulch?
>Louis Mensing
>Eugene, OR
When I set out transplants, I put one teaspoon of crushed eggshells, and
one teaspoon of bonemeal in each hole, cover both with enough dirt to
obscure the whiteness, and set the transplants in.  I water them in with
about one tablespoon of Epsom Salts per gallon of water.  About the first
of July I use Alaska Fish Fertilizer 3 Tablespoons per gallon of water, and
repeat that about the first of August unless the weather is uncommonly hot.
 I do mulch heavily, with about three inch depths of grass clippings. This
year it will be leaf mulch, since that's what is presently covering the
tomato patch.  Margaret