Hey, y'all -- I'll be away for a couple of months,
and just wanted to share info about a Winter Tomato
seminar I attended at my local nursery last week.
Since a lot of posters seem to be in cold-weather
areas, this site might be of interest.
Steve Goto was highly spoken of by my local nursery
as THE primo tomato man. He's also a Cyclamen guy,
as he mentioned at the seminar.
Unfortunately I can't find a place on the Web site where
you can find the 4-page color print-out of Winter Tomatoes which
Maybe by contacting him, you can get a printout of the 30 or
so varieties from Russia, Canada and other cold areas.
I thought it was very interesting, and may plant some of
the tastier varieties when I return, since Steve said they
will also work as Spring tomatoes in milder area.
Was amazed to learn that some of the varieties will
set tomatoes at temps as low as 34 degrees!!!
(I have no connection, financial or otherwise, with the Goto Nursery).
Some of my notes, from the generalized Q&A after the demo.
1. Do not put saucers under pots. Water can accumulate and rot the
2. Do not use a chemical fertilizer like Miracle-Gro too often, or
the salts will coat the roots so they can't take up fertilizer.
3. Coffee grounds are too salty. Tea leaves OK.
4. For black spot on tomatoes (blossom end rot), use gypsum --adds
5. Commercial products that purport to feed the roses and ward off
insects: No; it's like putting the plant on an IV. In time, the
product will cease to be efficacious.
6. In general, much emphasis on organic fertilizers. Some names
mentioned: Earthrich - good for tomatoes 1/2-1/2 with soil.
Organic Advantage - family of products -- contains humic acid, which
increases sugars (in the tomatoes, presumably). 12-12-6-1. The 1 is
sulfur - buffers alkaline soil.
7. Fertilize 2-3 weeks after planting (tomatoes again, I presume).
8. Use "Dr. Earth" together with Organic Advantage. Dr. E. contains
microrhyzomes (sp?), with OA doesn't.
9. Organic insecticide: Envirepel - garlic based. Also a product
called Citrall? orange based.
Hope these semi-coherent notes are helpful.
Again, I'm not plugging any of these products, as I haven't had a
chance to try them, but when I get back, will definitely switch
away from Miracle-Gro and to organics.
Hasta la vista!