Monday, July 26, 2010

Soil Trouble

We figured out some of our problems with the garden.

Tomatoes, we are not still how it came down with some sort of fungus disease other then too much water and the leaves getting wet, but we also have black mold on our tomatoes. Most of our tomatoes we will not be able to use. Due to this problem, we are not going to be able to can any tomatoes from this years crop. Our new plants are getting the fungus disease already. I found something that is suppose to help prevent several types of fungus disease for tomato plants and we are going to try it out next year.

3 cups of compost
1/2 cup of powdered nonfat milk
1/2 cup of Epsom salts
1 tbsp. of baking soda

Sprinkle a handful of the mixture into each planting hole. For additional disease defense, sprinkle a little more powdered milk on top of the soil after planting, and repeat every few weeks throughout the growing season.

We also plan to test the soil to see if something is going on with the soil as well. This may answer some questions as to why one half of the garden thrives more as well.

Our corn did not grow very tall and therefore we have small ears of corn. This we found out was because of lack of nitrogen...too much water in the soil makes the soil lose nitrogen. The soil test will help for our corn next year as well. It's too late this year for these crops but we are trying to plan for better crop next year.

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