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Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

Posted by yumtomatoes 10b/FLA (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 14, 11 at 6:56

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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RE: Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

very acidic.


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RE: Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

So would they not do well then?


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RE: Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

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


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RE: Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

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


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RE: Using Shavings or Sawdust Instead of Soil to Grow Tomatoes

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


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