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#1 of 4 Old 06-23-2002, 02:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My cherry tomatoes are doing a-ok. But my beefsteak tomatos are not looking too healthy. They have lots of yellow/dead leaves on the bottom and while they're growing taller, they aren't very full. They are starting to bloom, but they are not producing any fruit yet. I clipped off the dead leaves, but the plants look so bare. Is there anything natural I can use to feed them? My MIL suggested Miracle Grow, but that can't be a good idea on a plant from which we plan to eat! Help with my tomatoes!

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You can mound compost around the base of the plant and as they are watered teh nutrients from the compost will wash down to the roots of the plant.

The best route to go is simply have really nutritious soil before you plant them.
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I agree with chanley. Your cherry tomatoes might come up in the same spot next year. But I would definantly plant something else in the spot of your tomato plants. Something that puts back into the ground (soy bean or maybe peanut). Also till/turn in your old plants in the winter to naturally fertilize the soil.

Cow manure might work to. Put a little hay over it.
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Hey! My beefsteaks LOVE mushroom mulch/compost and it is very cheap to buy. I got the biggest tomatoes I ever have so far. Also, my great granmother swears by bone meal and I will tell you she can grow anything! =) Hope this helps.
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