How to Grow Tomatoes Organically

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Grow tomatoes organically by using black cow manure, organic peat moss and fish emulsion to improve the health of the soil. Use organic material, such as grass clippings, potato peels and coffee grounds, in the soil to grow tomatoes with tips from a... View Video Transcript

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Stan DeFreitas

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. We're at Willow Tree Nursery in St. Petersburg, Florida. Growing organic tomatoes. What does it mean? Basically it means you are not going to use chemicals. If you are going to be a good organic gardener you are going to have to try to really improve the conditions and that means you are either going to try to use something like black cow cow manure, improve the soil. Now this isn't a real tremendous fertilizer, it's about a .5.5.5 as far as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium but it is going to help hold the good guys. There is good bacteria that helps feed the roots of the plants so you need to be organic. You might want to also add some peat moss, something like good organic peat. Peat is going to also improve your water holding capacity just like the cow manure. It is also going to help hold the fertilizer that you apply. If you are going organic you are probably going to have to use something like fish emulsion. Why? Well it's organic. If you are going to get away from the chemicals you are going to have to use good organics and the more organics you use the better you can improve the soil. You know the Amish for years have been improving their soil and having better gardens because they increased it with organic matter. Save those grass clippings, save those leaves, recycle when you do potato peelings, save your coffee grounds, recycle them all into your garden and you'll have better results. Also of course use Dipel and start off with good healthy plants. I'm Stan DeFreitas for