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Lloyd_W
Jun 8, 2020 2:30 AM CST
Nice to meet you all. Any special advice on how to grow Beefsteak tomatoes? Something went wrong, and as far as I'm not experienced enough can't figure out why tomatoes grew smaller than expected, and not as much, as I thought it should be. I tested the soil, and it seems to be fine, and I have no idea what may be the reason. I am from Florida, started it March, but it did not work out
PS. I'd also appreciate someone who owns chickens to talk with me about what should I buy. I have no idea what to start with. looking at some reviews. I guess, chicken coop for ten chickens, feeder, nutrients. I mean, I saw a couple of guides (here was the link of feeders, for example, but have no idea if there's a difference) but the are redirecting to like 10 more articles.
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Name: Tom Carr
Zone 10B - South Florida (Zone 10b)
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TomCarr
Jun 11, 2020 9:37 PM CST
I am also having struggles with my tomatoes. I think I have figured out the problem. I have identified the PH of my soil AND water are awful!

My soil was testing at 8 Crying

My water tested at 8.13 Thumbs down

So after getting a refund on my soil (Which was expensive) and transplanting a lot of containers, (Into soil that tested at around 7) I still have to deal with the water.

I have a 55 Gallon rainwater recovery setup I use (When its full) and I started installing an R/O system to water the plants/containers. That should fix my issues (I hope).

There is always next season to have a bunch of tomatoes on the vine I guess Hilarious!

Good Luck with the chickens!

-Tom

Bryan, TX
WAMcCormick
Jun 30, 2020 9:08 PM CST
Loyd, tomatoes are a little finnickey. If everything is right, they will make so many you can't use all of them, but if something, almost anything, is wrong, they won't make a one. 1.) The soil Ph is what I usually have a problem with. To rule this problem out, it is best to get a soil test done. Your local agricultural extension service might help with that. 2.) Nutrition has to be right. Again, the agricultural extension people are the best bet. 3.) The moisture must be right. Damp from top to down deep is good. Soggy anywhere is bad. In my experience it has been better to be a little bit too dry than any too wet. 4.) Full sun for most or all the day is a necessity.

If you don't want to consult with the agricultural people, the next best thing is a little trial and error. As for soil Ph, I would cut or water some ashes and lime into the soil and watch to see whether there is an improvement. It usually takes a year or two for me to get the Ph right.

As for nutrition, I usually assume there is not enough and add some 13-13-13. That is a universal remedy, and it might make a big difference.

As for moisture, when you water them, keep it running slowly so it will soak in. I often turn a hose on just a bit and drop it at the base of the vines and leave it till the ground is saturated, then turn it off a few days till the ground starts getting really dry.

Trial and error with time may be the route to healthy productive tomatoes.
If it takes a long time to grow, remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.

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