Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)August 14, 2011

This is for container tomatoes. Has anyone tried this? I presume shavings means wood shavings.

It was recommended as less troublesome than using soil in the UF article linked to below on page 5 "Container Culture."

Here is a link that might be useful: UF Article

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terrybull

very acidic.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 9:41AM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

So would they not do well then?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 9:42AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Also decomp of wood shavings and sawdust generates lots of heat during the process. Can cook roots. Also very nitrogen binding so plants suffer N deprivation. Works ok in hydroponics where there is a constant fresh nutrient supply in water but problematic otherwise.

less troublesome than using soil .

In containers we don't use soil anyway. Container mixes are strictly soil-less.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 9:58AM
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springlift34

Dave speaks,but a better way to know for sure is to try it man. I have not myself yet, but I have been thinking of some things along this path just out of curiosity.

Like shellings of purple hull, mixed with topsoil(sand 10%,pine needle30%,oak leaves20%,leftover used(cooked potting soil30% through the texas heat, and adding nitrogen at a higher rate than normal.

Take care,
Travis

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 11:35PM
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springlift34

Looking at my last post, it is doomed unless you cover it and take great care. Then again, if you pull it off, I bet it might feel pretty good.

Take care,
Travis

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 12:15AM
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