How to Make Natural Tomato Plant Food

Overview

While many gardeners have dreams of growing the largest tomatoes, others may struggle with just growing one tomato. To improve your odds of tomato success, it's a good idea to feed your tomato plant monthly while it is in its growing stage. There are many commercial products available to feed your tomatoes with, but for a more organic approach, you may want to make natural tomato plant food at home. With strong, healthy plants, you should have no trouble getting ripe tomatoes.

Step 1

Measure and dump three cups of greensand or wood ash and one cup of the blood meal in your bucket. Use a clean garden trowel to mix the two materials together until you have an even consistency.

Step 2

Spread two tablespoons of your tomato plant food around your plant in a ring, being careful not to let the feed touch the stems or leaves of your plant. Apply the feed in a ring like this, also called side dressing, to each of your tomato plants.

Step 3

Work your cultivator in the upper inch of soil around each plant to mix the feed with the soil. Be careful not to disturb the root system of the tomato or bump into the stem of the plant as you work.

Step 4

Make more feed mix as needed to treat all of your plants and store any unused potions in the bucket with the lid on in a cool, dry area in the shade.

Step 5

Treat your tomato plants monthly with your mixture until the plants start to form fruits, and then stop feeding for the season so the plant will focus on fruiting rather than foliage production.

Things You'll Need

  • One gallon bucket with lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Greensand or wood ash
  • Blood meal
  • Garden trowel
  • Tablespoon
  • Cultivator

References

  • "Vegetable Gardening: Your ultimate guide"; Robert J. Dolezal; 2000
  • "Giant Book of Garden Solutions"; Jerry Baker; 2003
Keywords: tomato plant food, tomato plant fertilizer, natural tomato fertilizer

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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.