[Market-farming] Tomato Research

Marty Kraft martyk at allspecies.org
Sat Jun 13 14:29:08 EDT 2009


Thanks to all for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Marty
On Jun 12, 2009, at 4:39 PM, growbd at aol.com wrote:

>
> What are you all doing about pruning tomatoes to alleviate soil  
> splashing?  I usually prune everything up to the first fruit, which  
> usually gets things out of the "splash zone".  If the first fruit  
> branch is low I'll just go about a foot up.  If later leaves droop  
> down into that zone I'll tip-prune as much as needed to keep a foot  
> clearance.
>
> I mulch as much as possible with leaves, though I know this isn't  
> really practical for larger-scale growers.  I love the speed with  
> which they break down  -plenty of time to keep the soil evenly  
> moist and the weeds down but by the end of the season they're well  
> on their way to contributing excellent organic matter to my beds.   
> The worms are even bigger fans of leaves; I'm always amazed at the  
> volume of castings just below the leaf layer.  It helps, too, that  
> the things are free!
>
> Deb
> Sleepy Hollow NY
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Allan Balliett <aballiett at frontiernet.net>
> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 6:12 pm
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Tomato Research
>
> >  But organic m
> ulches that prevent soil splashing are really helpful.
> >You may still get it, but it probably won't be as intense as if you
> >hadn't used the mulch.
>
> So is plastic (with out soil on it) not good? -Allan in WV
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