Problem with tomato garden

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

  1. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
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  2. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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  3. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    OK, so epson salt for the Calcium Nitrate?

    Someone at the farmers market told us that last year. :drinkup:

    So is epson salt what you mean?
     
  4. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Take a look at this also; this work?

    http://www.southernstates.com/catalog/p-680-espoma-5lb-espoma-triple-phosphate.aspx
     
  5. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
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    Don't know where he got his info, but Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate. It was a common use to induce abortions way back. Calcium nitrate is nitrogen source.

    I'm close to Southern AG and get these there but if you're having trouble finding locally; Use this link for both: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...rden&hvadid=4657501067&ref=pd_sl_1db6ukbr84_b

    That triple phosphate is great for any blooming plant; especially daylillies and other big flowering plants. It is about the only way to get a Wisteria to produce those beautiful chains of flowers in the spring.

    The added phosphate also helps out root re-growth.
     
  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Some farmer last spring at the farmers market told us about using epson salt as a fertilizer; we bought a bag and it's still not open :laugh:

    A store by the name of Stockdales just opened here, its like a Co-Op only 5 times the size and has all kind of good toys and products so I'm going to head over there tomorrow morning and look for these.

    Now I assume I need a bag of each right?
    One of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bonide-969-Tr...5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1308964823&sr=1-5
    and one of these:
    http://www.amazon.com/Calcium-Nitra...1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1308965031&sr=1-1

    Work both into the soil or just sprinkle around the ground around the plants?

    Thanks again Roy, you've been a life saver more then once :drinkup:

    EDIT:
    Or is this better?
    http://www.amazon.com/Calcium-Nitra...2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1308965461&sr=1-2
     
  7. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've only used some of the triple phosphate on Bougainvillea, Clematis, and other heavy feeders...Calcium Nitrate is new to me and will have to do a little looking. However the
    mineral make up shouldn't be hard to understand. Read the UT findings and label and make a decision. For some reason I though Calcium Nitrate was a soluble product.
     
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Roy,

    Calcium nitrate is a soluble product. I sometimes need to play rock-paper-scissors for calcium nitrate here. The vegetable growers do use this. I need it because it is a soil corrective for low calcium soils. In tomatoes, calcium deficiency will result in a loss of the crop. Other vegetables are the same way.
     
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    It is, I have a better idea now how to mix and what I'm doing :laugh: since I had some time to sit down and google, read and research. :drinkup:

    http://www.southernag.com/docs/labels_msds/calci.pdf

    also see both links I posted above are to the same product :dizzy: just a HUGE price difference.

    A new place in town just opened called Scotsdales, I was in it last week and the place is huge and carries a lot of this stuff so with any luck they will have this on hand and I can get it out on the plants this afternoon.

    Thanks guys
     
  10. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hey got a question for you all.

    A couple of you have mentioned rotating the crops; ok maybe I am and I really haven't thought about it being such as we get two crops a year off the same land :drinkup:

    Beans go first, then the tomatoes and that area is workable by mid August at which time it gets planted in turnip greens and turnips which last till the first hard freeze; usually January.

    Does that count as rotating?
     

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