Livingston County, Michigan

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Adding nitrogen and fertilizer to indoor tomato plants

A resident is growing cherry tomatoes in pots in soilless mix inside his home. He read in a guide to growing tomatoes ("Tomato Plant Master" by Yara?) that adding excess nitrogen while the plants are fruiting will make the tomatoes "puffy" instead of nice and firm. I believe the same guide said that he should reduce nitrogen before or as the plants begin to flower.

His questions are:
Should the nitrogen that he is adding to the tomato pots (as part of a fertilizer mix) be reduced before or as the tomato plants begin to flower, or can he continue the same fertilizer regime that he was using during the vegetative growth stage?
Is there any truth to the idea that the tomatoes will become "puffy" if the plants are given excess nitrogen during the fruiting stage?

Some additional background: As was mentioned, the resident is growing cherry tomatoes in a soilless potting mix inside his home. He seems to try to use only organic products. He mixed organic compost into the pots and adds compost tea once a week. His fertilizer regime is to add a dry, solid organic fertilizer (Dr. Earth) to the pots once every two weeks, at a rate of about 1 tsp. per gallon. This organic fertilizer includes ingredients such as bone meal and kelp meal. If he was going to reduce the nitrogen, he could add less of the same solid fertilizer mix, or use other separate nutrient sources. Seaweed extract was mentioned.

The resident would appreciate specifics on how nitrogen affects tomato plant and fruit growth and how best to apply fertilizer in his indoor-plant growing situation.

Thank you.

Livingston County Michigan over 3 years ago

Teach canning and preserving food

As a farmer, I have been cold pack and pressure canning; dehydrating; smoking and freezing foods for over 40 years. I have been asked countless times to teach others. Now that I am semi-retired, I have time to do so. With our current laws in Michigan, most of these processes fall outside of the Cottage industry laws, unless done in a commercial kitchen (most of which in my opinion are unspeakably filthy). There are no laws or standards that I have found which list or require qualifications or certifications to teach these processes, and Michigan no longer offers (or recognizes?) the Master canner certification. With obvious liability concerns, what steps can be taken to verify the teacher has up-to-date training and qualified to teach these processes safely, and further, what pointers and/or Companies would provide liability insurance? With the march to organics and healthier eating, we have a massive surge of people who want to not only grow, but preserve their own food. Most people prefer hands-on training...any advice or assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Livingston County Michigan over 2 years ago

Ground nesting bee

I have two nests. very small, much smaller than a honey bee, maybe 1/8 their size. Don't know if it is a bee or hornet. hole appears large, one near the mail box post, one near the base of a peach tree. very busy when disturbed by the lawn mower, but not aggressive. I have not noticed these nests until this month.

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Livingston County Michigan 6 months ago

Mulch for New Vegetable Garden

I've built 8 raised beds in a fence enclosed 20x16 area (deer). Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Peppers and Greens. I am trying to determine the best mulch to use. I read that for tomatoes and peppers, landscape fabric might be good. Just wondering if you have any thoughts. My soil is ~7 ph. Thanks Bob Grant

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Livingston County Michigan 9 months ago

flowering shrub

Please help me identify this lovely flowering shrub. Thank you, Dianne Paulson

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Livingston County Michigan 9 months ago

Rosa Sharon tree

I have a Rosa Sharon tree that has become severely invasive and over grown my entire garden and trees of it have grown throughout my yard and along the opposite side of my house and throughout my yard and I can not seem to get rid of it and it’s so many roots it looks like grass. Please help

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Livingston County Michigan almost 2 years ago

Creeping charlie

how do I get rid of creeping charlie in my lawn ?

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Livingston County Michigan 5 months ago

Delinquent home heating credit

My mother died in August of 2015. My brother filed her 2014 home heating credit but I never filed for 2015 can I still do that or is it too late?

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Livingston County Michigan over 3 years ago

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