New here but frustrated with Garden


I have Garden out in Ohio moved here N. E. PA having a hard time until this year, planted tomato plants 2 weeks ago and I have 3 tomato's on the vine, I think I have my problems solved, be we will see I have been doing allot of testing, but for now Hello everyone what do you guy think of my plant?

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Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

They're a bit small to have any fruit on them. I'd actually pinch any blooms and let the plant continue to grow rather than use its energy to feed tomatoes.

Liberty Hill, TX(Zone 8a)

I do the same as Stephanie as that's what the "tomato" experts recommend. It's best to give the plants a chance to get established (get good root growth and structure) and allow the plants to get bigger, before they go into the reproductive stage. I know it's hard to do but if my plants bloom and set fruit that soon after planting out I pinch them, they will bloom again in about 3 weeks and by then the plants should be able to ready.

Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

Nothing to be disappointed over. I agree pinch the flowers. I would hill the dirt up over the bottom two leaves. To do so will encourage more roots. More root is beneficial to fruit development. I would imagine gardening is different between Ohio and pa. Keep a firm grip and you will get there.


eweed, there is 12" underground already how munch more can i give them, when I planted them right up to their necks and clipped the lower branches off, I really think the soil was depleted of all nutrient, this is what I have been working on, in the pass 2 years, I have made compost for the last 2 years, I put 10" of compost down this year, the compost is made from leaves, Grass, hay, horse manure, plus worms, I now have a worm farm where I am composting, plus I keep the compost covered and keep it most plus turning it over every week the next batch of compost is on the way and it is already full of worms, I will end up with 32 cubic feet of compost, I am also make another batch of compost this weekend and add another pile, now to get back to the soil I think it was missing Potash, Boron, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, now that I have replaced it through composting, the Garden is giving me a totally new reaction and I am pleased with the outcome so far, I am now expanding the Garden with box Garden's of 4 X 8 X 12" beds, have any of you guy's use that 7' high deer fencing, if so how did it workout?

Everson, WA(Zone 8a)

Didn't know you clipped and planted deep I just looked at the plant and assumed it was not deep. My garden boxes are 12 and 24 inches deep. I like the 24 inch ones best aaaaand thinking next season they will be 36 inches,

Sounds like your compost is a good choice and good that you have the worms. good luck

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

You might also want to feed your soil with some good organic fertilizers such as compost tea, liquid fish emulsion or liquid seaweed, and both dry and liquid molasses. I usually add 1 oz of compost tea, fish emulsion, and liquid molasses to a hose end sprayer and spray my garden weekly. It's good for the plants and it's good for the soil. Above all, though, tomatoes like warm temps. If your overnight temps are cool and your soil is cool, then tomatoes will not be happy and they'll kinda stagnate and not grow. Do you have a planting calendar for your area?


stephanietx, I would love to use a Fish emulsion but the Bear's would rip up the Garden and eat the dirt, compost tea I do know how to make without the fish but I have to wait until the sweet smell is gone.

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

Mikie - The plants look healthy. We're in Kansas and the temps are running cooler this spring. Until the weather starts getting warmer you might try row covers over the tomatoes to keep it little warmer for the tomatoes.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Compost tea will work well. Add some liquid molasses and you'll be even better.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Well, doubt 7' would work on a determined bear, and the deer are much larger than Texas cousins. We have better luck with a water sprayer with infra red vision to spray them when the critters get close. Your tomatoes are doin just fine and you have worked hard on it, temps are cooler this year- I am sitting in Allentown and thinkin about finding a jacket...

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