[tomato] Re: Low Nitrogen

Justine.Tamaro@centigram.com (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Sat, 8 Apr 2000 09:13:42 -0700

I finally got around to doing a soil test.  granted it was nothing fancy,
but I did discover that my soil is low in nitrogen.  Could this be why my
legumes start browning at the lower leaves, unitl the whole plant is
consumed?  The top of the plant grows strong, giving off plenty of peas or
bean as the lower leaves get so brown they're crispy.  Finally of course
those upper leaves go too.  Should I add nitrogen before I plant my
tomatoes?  Last year I did pretty well by adding compost and steer manure.
I've already prepared the beds with compost (skipped the manure) and am now
thinking of adding a good layer of steer manure to the top few inches.  Any
ideas?  I am as organic as possible, so I'm not going to go out and buy a
chemical feritilizer.  Organic may be slow but thats fine with me.