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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:10 am 
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I have herbs galore in my garden, but am working on a project where veggies are planted. http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=1114 We planted some tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant from 4 inch pots. A guy who has a veggie garden said to plant the tomato plants halfway in the ground and laid sideways. Leaves are buried when planted in this manner. I was told that roots would grow from where the leaves are. This just soesn't seem right to me. Has anyone ever heard of this?
What about the use of Fertilome. I don't even know what is in it. I told the girl who is helping with the garden not to use it until I could learn more details about it. I gave her some Maxicrop to use instead.

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That method for planting tomatoes has been around for a long time. I'm not sure it's beneficial, but it doesn't hurt either, as far as I know. It basically gives the main stem of the tomato more surface area for forming roots. Just about anywhere a tomato stem comes in contact with the soil, it will form roots. That's the reason that when I accidentally break off part of a tomato stem when training in a cage or on a trellis, I stick the broken off stem in the dirt and water it. It grows a new plant. I have a Juan Flamme (sorry, may be misspelled) that I started in this manner. It will hopefully be one of my fall garden plants, and has started forming roots and growing now.


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Nadine,
Just don't forget the cornmeal for your tomatoes and peppers. I guarantee you it keeps my plants from getting blight every year.

That method of planting tomatoes is old and I never really found it to be any better than just planting them properly with support cages and good soil & foliar feeding. My tomatoes produce well every year, don't have blight, and live & produce into November almost without fail so long as I keep up the foliar feeding with seaweed.

Fertilome is a brand name, so check out the bag. It's a mostly chemical fertilizer & product company so not going to recommend that for your vegetable garden.

Good luck, sweetie!
Kathe :lol:


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Hey Nadine, How are the two gardens doing. I have heard of planting the tomatoes that way before but have never tried it. Every year I mean to try it, with one plant, but forget. If you get back down there, please take some pics and post for us. It was a fun day helping out with the gardens. I also enjoyed meeting all the hard working people.

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I understnad that Fertilome is starting supply organic stuff as well. Just check the bag for contents


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Gar wrote:
Hey Nadine, How are the two gardens doing. I have heard of planting the tomatoes that way before but have never tried it. Every year I mean to try it, with one plant, but forget. If you get back down there, please take some pics and post for us. It was a fun day helping out with the gardens. I also enjoyed meeting all the hard working people.


They had a bit of insect damage last time I was there :( , so I bought some hot pepper wax to help out with this. I have garlic pepper tea, but the wax will stay on better during this time when watering is done more often. The watering is mostly done by people who need to do community service and so I don't know how good they are doing with it.

:) There are plants with flowers and some which have fruit (peppers) that look good. Someone decided to put epsom salt in the ground before planting a few of the tomato plants. Those plants are dead. I don't know if there is a connection there, or not. :?

I will be going with camera again this Tuesday as I will begin teaching the children on this day. :D I will have 3 groups of 20 ranging from 1st to 5th grade. It should be interesting. I have a lot of ideas going through my head that I beleive will capture their attention and hopefully hold it for the 20 to 30 minute sessions.

I did give Rainey, the brainchild of this garden idea, a copy of the BOP. :)

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Thank you for all your feedback, I really do appreciate it!

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I had heard that 1 tablespoon of epsom salts in the bottom of the hole would make the tomatoes grow. I was also told to plant the plant as deep as possible and to only leave 2 leaves above ground. Wondered how it qould work. I bbomed out this year with tomatoes but next year I am going to put cornmeal in the soil before I plant the tomatoes.


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