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Old 04-21-2010, 10:28 AM   post #1 of 28
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Default Tomatoes grown in 90% pure horse manure

Figured I would share this with you guys......every year I have massive tomato plants and all the neighbors always want to know WHY.

I have several raised beds like this and each year I remove all the old soil and manure in late fall.....Around January I fill the beds with horse manure from my barn along with 4 small bags of Top soil from Walmart.

This year I planted my tomato plants on March 31...I always buy the tiny little tomato plants in the small 8 pack container for like $3.50 since they seem to adapt better to the soil conditions and manure.

Once they start growing....they grow very very quickly.

This is a bed of "Jetstar" and "Big Boy".
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:33 AM   post #2 of 28
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nice looking maters! i have a huge pile of aging manure, i just gotta move it to the garden. since i did not mix it in before planting, i plan on just adding as top dressing once things get up and going good. i got delayed due to other things, so my garden has only been in the ground a couple weeks now and most of it is just breaking thru the surface.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:41 AM   post #3 of 28
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nice looking maters! i have a huge pile of aging manure, i just gotta move it to the garden. since i did not mix it in before planting, i plan on just adding as top dressing once things get up and going good. i got delayed due to other things, so my garden has only been in the ground a couple weeks now and most of it is just breaking thru the surface.
Thanks! So you agree manure makes a huge difference? I been doing it this way for years.....the tomato plants love it!

Good luck with your garden.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:46 AM   post #4 of 28
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I forgot to mention I put a heavy layer of pine bark mulch on top of the manure about a month BEFORE I plant the tomato plants.

I normally have no trouble with weeds but if we have lots of rain I will have a lot of mushrooms pop up that I just weed out.

I also use a soaker hose.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:06 PM   post #5 of 28
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you let the cat out of the bag .I use 100% cow and horse. hows about them tomatoes. good taste to. well aged .3 years or more.
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you let the cat out of the bag .I use 100% cow and horse. hows about them tomatoes. good taste to. well aged .3 years or more.
You got my secret!! haha

Yep you can actually buy a bag of pure cow manure....slit open the bag and plant a tomato plant in the bag. I have seen that done many times and they grow every well.

Horse manure is a little more potent than cow manure.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:37 PM   post #7 of 28
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that guy looken out the barn .maybe you should give him a carrot or to. and a thanks.
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that guy looken out the barn .maybe you should give him a carrot or to. and a thanks.
That's Ms Scarlett I gave her a little sweet feed this morning....she is confined to the barn at the moment for a slight infection in the frog of her hoof. A few shots of penicillin and some betadine on her hoof for a few days and she will back to new. In the meantime she's loading up the barn with fresh manure for me to use elsewhere.
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amazing how quick they can load up a stall too. our horse had to be stalled for 3 weeks due to a hoof infection last year. i had to muck the stall 2x a day over tha ttime, and each time it looked like it had not been done in a week. now that he is not locked in the stall, i MAY have to do it once a week because most of the time he is out and about around the pasture. he just goes in teh barn at feeding time and for an hour or two at night.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:18 AM   post #10 of 28
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The first pictures were made on April 21......I made these pics today on April 28 to give you an idea how fast they grow with the horse manure. Also have marble size tomatoes.

When I planted these on March 31 they were 3 inches tall.
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IRDEERE, I've had a similar experience but with cow manure. My neighbor wanted to know what I use since their plants were spindly and small and mine are huge and full of fruit each year.

I use a potting soil that I get from a local bark place. It's a mix of old bark, mushroom compost, and sandy loam. Reeks of manure but the plants explode with growth.

I also throw my used coffee grounds in around the plants. Attracts wads of earthworms and the plants like that as well.
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you let the cat out of the bag .I use 100% cow and horse. hows about them tomatoes. good taste to. well aged .3 years or more.
Yep, we hop over the fence and get our cow manure..
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IRDEERE, I've had a similar experience but with cow manure. My neighbor wanted to know what I use since their plants were spindly and small and mine are huge and full of fruit each year.

I use a potting soil that I get from a local bark place. It's a mix of old bark, mushroom compost, and sandy loam. Reeks of manure but the plants explode with growth.

I also throw my used coffee grounds in around the plants. Attracts wads of earthworms and the plants like that as well.
Have not tried the coffee grounds but I will now.....thanks for the tip! Next year I might add the potting soil like you did....this year i used a few bags of top soil mixed with the manure.
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looking good. mine are still in the cellar .can,t wait to get them out.have to hold off though.could still get a frost.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:27 PM   post #15 of 28
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GrowingGrowingGrowing!

My first pics on this post were April 21

Second pics April 28

These pics are from today May 11

I normally put 8 plants in this raised bed and can usually feed 3 or 4 families with the tomatoes.

By the end of the summer it will be like one huge tomato plant in the bed about 7' to 8' tall and about 10 feet wide or more.....it gets massive.
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