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I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this year!

Posted by wertach 7b SC (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 9, 12 at 15:27

I always have BER no matter what I try. I've not had a single case of BER this year, even on my heirlooms!

I mulched heavily with chopped up oak and hickory leaves this year, 10" + deep before it settled to about 2". It was put on in the fall and I just separated it and planted my tomatoes. Then pulled it back around them.

But, before this dry spell hit, I had perfect rain all spring.

Another but.... My neighbor has BER, so I'm thinking the mulch?


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RE: I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this yea

Mulch is gooodd magic. No doubt about it and I'd agree it gets the bulk of the credit. The thicker the better.

But weather has to get part of the credit too. Then there is the soil - both nutrients and tilth, the variety of plants, the sun exposure, etc. etc.

It would make a pretty complex pie chart! :)

Dave


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RE: I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this yea

  • Posted by corrine1 7b Pacific Northwest (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 10, 12 at 14:27

congrates wertach!


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RE: I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this yea

I have more fruit and they are much bigger than normal also!

I had 2 late frosts that killed all but 2 tomato plants. I replanted and have started getting big fruit from the late ones now.

I have been canning and giving away tomatoes from those 2 for 2 months now. I get at least a 1/2 full plastic grocery bag every day from just those 2!

I haven't weighed anything, since I don't have scales. I have measured them though. I have 3" diameter early girls and 4"diameter better boys. The survivors.

I picked a Brandywine yesterday that was 4 1/2"! You couldn't see the bread when I made a sandwich with it.


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RE: I don't know if its the weather or the mulch, No BER this yea

You are clearly doing many things right!! Lots of envy from this neck of the woods. :)

Dave


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