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Planting tomatoes

Slightly Feral

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Do not over think it, i always have the largest most awesome tomato plants of anyone i know with the plants regularly growing over 7 feet tall and having leafs bigger than my hand. Why? because of how i plant them and understanding the biology of tomatoes. Tomatoes are an under story vine from south america. they do best when surrounded by other vegetation and fungi as they are exceptionally good at refining sugars but not so good at producing nitrogen or phosphorus. Fungi are terrible at producing sugars but are exceptional at producing phosphorus and nitrogen. As long as you are not putting a ton of copper based stuff on your lawn, your lawns are absolutely full of ridiculous amounts of the right kinds of fungi. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squash/melons will not directly compete with the grass, but work with the grass to help each other grow. They will do this through their interactions with the fungi in the soil.... you ever look at a plants root system growing up against a pane of glass and see all those super fine white fibers everywhere, smaller than a human hair giving the appearance that the roots are very fuzzy? Those are not roots, those are mycorrhizae. they are actually fungi. in a healthy plant about 50% of the weight of the root system will be mycorrhizae. The plants will trade what they are exceptionally good at making, for what the fungi are very good at making. fungi give the plants a shit load of toxins that the plants use along side their immune system and nitrogen/phosphorus as well as breaking down minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and so forth in exchange for a boat load of simple carbohydrates and moderately refined plant sugars and sugar alcohols. Anyways i'm done explaining why i do shit the way i do it. now onto pictures.

step 1: Poke holes

Step 2: Put dead animal in the hole, this can be a fish, a squirrel, a diabetic persons foot.... use your imagination. Bones and all will give the plant plenty of calcium and nitrogen to get started and keep the fruit from splitting later on.


Step 3: Throw some type of carbon on top of the fish, this can be wood chips, leafs, toenail clippings, in this case i had a pile of charcoal from the fireplace that i rinsed the ashes off to make lye with a while back. literally just carbon. i ran outta charcoal about half way through planting these tomatoes and went with wood chips. it will make practically no difference.


Step 4: trim up your tomatoes, remove all the lower leafs leaving only a few top ones.

Before

After
https://imgur.com/mjIznbo

Step 5: Put it in the holes/that's what she said.

https://imgur.com/T1oYW0N

Step 6: watch it grow, eventually this happens, and it grows pretty damn fast. notice when i originally planted i left enough room to mow between the plants and down the middle. i also like that my lawn sprinkler system handles all the watering and there is no over watering as the grass helps the water soak in, as well as drinks up excess.

https://imgur.com/qgkrePR

Thats it. peppers are planted the same way just not deep like tomatoes. i do everything like this when growing in grass.... except kajari melons. those are their own beast.
 

Slightly Feral

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District 13
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I just planted squash using a dead squirrel i got with the pellet rifle
 

Kaybek

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District 13
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Some more food for my garden

 

Kaybek

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District 13
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These two must have been buddies. First one fell and the other never moved. I was shocked, reloaded and popped the 2nd. 2 for 2
 
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