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Olympia, WA
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2002
9:28 AM

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What do people think about what type of soil makes tomatoes taste best? (I'm thinking that much of a tomato's quality is attributed to variety, but also the growing medium). I have experimented a bit with various types of soil in which I grow tomatoes. Sometimes mushroom compost mixed with our sandy-loam topsoil which has been enhanced through the years; sometimes the topsoil mixed with aged horse manure; and once I put a few in large pots and used nitrogen fertilizer, but I never use that in my garden as I like to keep it organic. I also fertilize the tomatoes with Alaska fish fertilizer, or sometimes liquid kelp sprayed on foliage or high nitrogen bat guano mixed into the soil until they are producing fruit. I'm curious what others think about this. What works best for you? Carolyn, still out there?

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