Tomatoes can be heavy feeders. You would be too, it you had to keep setting flowers and fruits all season, only to have them pulled from the vine and be expected to start all over again.
Understandable as that is, remembering to feed them regularly can be a chore. If you are willing to do a little digging and shoveling at the start of the season, you can pretty much forget about it for the rest of the season. Here’s what to do:
Food for the Season
When you are planting your seedlings, dig a hole nearby that is about 10 in. deep. If you can center it near several plants, try to make it at least 2 – 3 ft. wide. For individual plants, 8 -12 in. should suffice.
Place a circle of 2 – 3 ft. fencing or chicken wire into the hole and fill it with compost or well rotted manure. As it decomposed, the long roots of the tomatoes will find the nutrients and make good use of them.
You will need to water the compost when you water your garden, if it doesn’t rain. And as the season goes on, the pile will shrink and spill. It’s still working.