How do you best treat your tomatoes?
I work in the greenhouse once a week; preferably in the morning I remove all the side-shoots and I pick the leaves that are withered or that take away too much light from the tomatoes.
It is often too hot in the conservatory during the day, but there is another reason why I prefer to do this in the morning; plants contain more moisture in the morning, which makes it easier for the side-shoots and leaves to break off, so that you have less chance of larger lesions where mould or other fungi diseases can penetrate.
Removing the leaves ensures that a good deal of air can pass through the tomatoes, which prevents fungal infections. The plants get twisted around their rope or spiral and can brave the world again for another week. After the priming and leaf picking, it is best to spray some rock flour over the plants; this closes up the lesions, strengthens the plants against diseases and infestations and the extra minerals are absorbed by the plants through the soil and end up in the fruits. Good for us!
What I also do once a week is to supplement the thick layer of mulch at the base of the plants with new organic material. It can simply be grass clippings, but also nettles, comfrey, yarrow, or stems and leaves of all other large plants that are present in the vegetable garden.
But, when I empty the chicken coop, I also take some of the straw there into the greenhouse. All this material ensures a constant supply of food and moisture for the tomatoes and other vegetables in the greenhouse, the soil life converts all of this into nutrition, humus and moisture. Exactly tailored to the vegetables.
So, continue to supplement that layer of mulch!
Another advantage of a layer of mulch is that you will have few problems with weeds all year round, since the soil is already covered, so few weed seeds will actually see the light and germinate. In the autumn a large part of the mulch layer is digested; I then distribute this digested layer over the beds where the cabbages, leafy crops and fruit crops will be the following year. The undigested parts go onto the compost heap.
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