Problem with tomato garden

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by kirk1701, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I used CarpetMaker® 6-0-18 with 0.43% Barricade from my local Co-OP
    3rd one down from the top:
    http://www.southernstates.com/promotions/professionalturfguide/fertilizers.aspx

    As for the herbs I used 2,4-D in one area of the lawn but not the whole lawn so could that also be why its hit/miss?

    Yes, I put the clippings down thick in the rows but not under the plants.

    side note.
    Still raining here, last check was .75 since midnight and my guess is we done got another .25 since last check :dizzy:
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grass Clippings close to garden plants, are very detrimental, in that the rot will disease your garden. I quit using them in the garden, even as pathway material...
     
  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I started Friday getting the stinky grass out, wet, slimy and yes full of bugs :cry:

    Yained all day yesterday over an inch and thought I'd get in there and finish the dirty job today but started raining yet once again at 2 AM and already another inch, don't look like its going to let up anytime soon. At least no more plants have died so we still have about 50 plus we bought 30 to replace the 50 I pulled up so we still might be in good shape :drinkup:

    All this rain but people tell me to install irrigation [​IMG]
     
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i havent used barricade, but i have had issues with dimension frying tomato plants

    i dont think 2 4 d would be an issue with clippings, just drift or volatilizing
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wonder how much water and oxygen gets to the plant that is dying? I see the soaker hose but it looks like you got plastic around the plant?
     
  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    No, not plastic but it might as well been. Newspaper with grass clippings on top.

    My brother-N-Laws bight idea not my ingenuity [​IMG]

    Anyhow, its been pulled up as of today
     
  7. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I use clippings, but only to shade the soil...less than a half inch...any more, and rot will follow...you want them to dry out....not stay moist.
     
  8. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea, I started with that much and then kept adding because everytime a storm blew up I was picking newspapers up out of the ditch in front of the house (blew overtop of roof) and in the neightbors yards. So to weight the paper down I was using more then half inch.

    We'll, fixing to go out now and set out more plants, looks like what died is over with I haven't seen anymore bite the dust in 4 or 5 days now. :laugh:
     
  9. ChiTownAmateur

    ChiTownAmateur LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've grown tomatoes for 30+ years and in my experience, they need good soil, good drainage, some sun and to be watered in the morning or early afternoon at the latest.

    I would not do anything to a tomato plant that is not absolutely necessary...the flavor of a good tomato is all in the soil and genetics. Unless the plants are being eaten up before they have a chance to flower and produce fruit I wouldn't worry about fertilizing them or protecting them with anything. They either make it or they don't. Just my 2c. Any more work required at an early stage indicates something being out of whack in the first place.

    if you bought tomato plants and didn't grow them from seeds, you may have gotten some bad plants. Tomatoes should be easy -- the hard part tends to be keeping the critters off them once they begin producing fruit.
     
  10. Avonlea22

    Avonlea22 LawnSite Member
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    could also be Verticillium and Fusarium wilt. Do a search for it and see if the symptoms match.
     

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