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Post  sanderson on 5/21/2013, 8:14 pm

How much powdered milk and epson salt should or could I put on my tomatoes? Per tomato plant in 1 ft. sq. And per tomato plant in pots?
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Post  camprn on 5/21/2013, 8:25 pm

I put about 1/4 cup ( small handful) of each in the planting hole. One plant per at least every foot, But I have had better success with the paste tomatoes at every other square.

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Post  Pepper on 5/22/2013, 12:10 am

Camp my tomatoes are well along would you recommend top dressing(or making this a tea) to add this 'preemptively'. I am concerned by the sheer numbers of starts and blooms on my plants. Otherwise they seem vigorously healthy.
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Post  sanderson on 5/22/2013, 1:30 am

Camp RN, Thank you for your answer. S Anderson
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Post  quiltbea on 5/22/2013, 10:37 am

I agree with Camprn.
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Post  camprn on 5/22/2013, 11:02 am

@Pepper wrote:Camp my tomatoes are well along would you recommend top dressing(or making this a tea) to add this 'preemptively'. I am concerned by the sheer numbers of starts and blooms on my plants. Otherwise they seem vigorously healthy.
Just sprinkle it dry on the top of the Mel's Mix and lightly scratch it into the surface. That's all you need to do, no faffing about with teas at this point.


Just as an aside, It seems on nearly every tomato (except for cherry types) plant I have had in the last 5 years, the first fruits ALWAYS have BER and all the following fruit are generally fine. Keep the watering as needed, use mulch to retain moisture and don't overwater.

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Post  sanderson on 5/22/2013, 1:12 pm

Thank you for your responses. I should have clarified at the beginning that the tomatoes themselves look good but the leaves on the potted ones are skinny and curled. The leaves on the toms in the MM boxes look better.

PS: my MM has only one compost for the 1/3, Kellogg's. I believe that next year with a multi-source compost added, everything will be so much bigger. It's just taking a while getting together items for composting.
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Post  Windmere on 5/22/2013, 2:02 pm

Hi folks,

What benefit do powdered milk and epson provide? I'm sorry, I've been away for a while... may have missed a thread. My plants are going into "the ground" this weekend. I am also thinking of "trenching them."

Any tips with regard to the mild and salt would help Wink

Oh... and camp... what does "BER" mean?
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Post  Windmere on 5/22/2013, 2:10 pm

I read the thread "Tomato Trouble" and found out that the powdered milk is for calcium. But I still don't know what the Epson salts are for. And... what is BER? It sounds scary! LOL
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Post  Pepper on 5/22/2013, 2:12 pm

@camprn wrote:I put about 1/4 cup ( small handful) of each in the planting hole. One plant per at least every foot, But I have had better success with the paste tomatoes at every other square.

The "Each" is powdered milk and Epsom salts.

BER is Blossom End Rot.

Camp thanks for your help. I am just freaking out with the sheer numbers of starts and still more blossoms.

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Post  Windmere on 5/22/2013, 2:14 pm

Thank you Pepper. There are so many factors affecting the success of gardening projects. I have to admit, it can be a bit overwhelming. Hopefully, I'll get at least one tomato salad out of this (LOL).
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Post  Pepper on 5/22/2013, 2:16 pm

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