Tomato Food

Thus far, I have learned that you can put the following things in the hole before you put your tomato plant in the ground:

  • Fish heads
  • Aspirin
  • Garlic
  • Banana peels

All these things, when decomposed by the beasties in the dirt, give nutrients to the tomato plant. Actually, you could probably put these things under any plant as the nutrients provided are useful to all plants.
I think the important thing is to break down the stuff into small bits so that the decomposition process happens faster.
You can also add these items to your compost pile/barrel (although probably not the aspirin).
I wonder, however, if there are enough microorganisms in potting soil to breakdown these things in a container…mmmmm….
Briefly, this is what each thing does;
  • Bananas add Potassium, Calcium, Nitrogen and Manganese.
  • Aspirin works to protect the plant from some diseases and pests.
  • Garlic does the same as the aspirin.
  • Fish heads provide calcium and nitrogen.

Sure, you can just buy something at the store in convenient powder or liquid form but then, what would be the fun on that?

3 Responses to “Tomato Food”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    Oh boy, aspirin? This is new to me. Btw, Zee Avi is back in Malaysia. I watched her being intereviewed in a TV breakfast show yesterday. She rocks!

  2. David Says:

    Stephanie, I had not heard about aspiring either until last year. Apparently, the plants produce the same substance as aspirin when they are stressed and it helps them combat whatever it's ailing them. Zee Avi is the best!

  3. Jeannie @ Grow Tomatoes In Containers Says:

    You can even put coffee grounds in there as a fertilizer and bug repellent. I have a post on my site about other additives to put into your soil.

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