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Tomatoes do LOVE earthworm castings - we pick up bags of vegetable trimmings from one of the restaurants we sell to and use them to feed our vermicompost bins. We then use it to top-dress the tomatoes as we plant them in the ground. My San Marzanos are monsters this year, with stems as thick as my thumb and getting even thicker, and I really think it's due to the castings.

The important thing to remember is that the castings will release nutrients as they're watered in, but eventually will be exhausted and will need to be refreshed periodically. (Not as often as a liquid fertilizer, but it's still a good idea to do it once a month to keep the 'maters happy!)

I confess that part of my love for fish emulsion is due to the fact that it's a mild fertilizer and that means I can use it very regularly without worrying about burning my plants. But there are certainly other great organic (and vegetarian!) fertilizer options out there.

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6/4/10 09:17 AM

re: #7 - Fertilizing plants grown in containers really isn't an option, it's a requirement, especially for tomatoes! Potting soil doesn't contain the nutrients that actual soil does, so you need to fertilize once a week for the best results. I swear by fish emulsion - the tomatoes especially love it, but I've got monster elephant ears and zucchini on my deck that are also digging it.

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5/31/10 08:49 PM