Growing Tomatoes: Very helpful article -- now to test the PH?

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Growing Tomatoes

By dave
January 1, 2015

It's January, and that means that it's time to break out the seed catalogs, pore over the selections, and place your order for your spring tomato seeds.

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Name: Carol Texas
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Ecscuba
Jan 1, 2015 10:49 AM CST
http://www.amazon.com/Luster-Leaf-pH7-Environmental-Concepts...

Found this on Amazon -- looks like maybe a good way to do that? I've never produced good tomatoes (the few times I've tried to grow them) -- I want this year to be different.

When we talk about calcium and phosphorus, is there a fertilizer that has this in it? You can sure tell I don't know how to grow tomatoes. Whatever grows on my plants is just pure luck.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 1, 2015 12:06 PM CST

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If you want to know the pH of your soil, I'd suggest just sending a sample of your soil to your state soil testing lab. Here in Texas that'd be A&M in College Station. They'll tell you the pH and everything else you'd want to know.

For fertility usually good compost is all you need, but if you don't want to or can't do that then there are fertilizers out there that are made specifically for tomatoes. But really with good compost and adequate water you should do fine.

You might enjoy this article: http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/240/Planning-Designing-and...
Name: Carol Texas
Central Texas (Zone 8b)
"Not all who wander are lost."
Region: Texas Composter Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Organic Gardener Hummingbirder
Herbs Garden Art Dragonflies Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Ecscuba
Jan 2, 2015 12:02 AM CST
@dave thanks for the info. Appreciate it.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 2, 2015 8:32 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you.

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