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Rotating crops is mostly to keep balance in the soil. Different plants need different levels of nutrients and take from the soil accordingly. Leaving say a heavy nitrigen feeder in the same spot will eventually take its levels down. Then there is the whole pest and disease issue. Same plants, same bugs, better chance of problems.But for most of us home gardeners that do a yearly admendment to the "patch", we revitalize the nutrient levels. Add the use of miracle grow and other juices and we usually cover what the soil doesnt have.Also we dont have large enough gardens to really effect the bugs. If the corn is only 15 feet away from where it was last year, it wont matter. A lot of this theory is for larger scale operations.There are charts for rotation. Following certain plants with other certain plants the next year. The native americans used this. They also have what is called the three sisters. Growing corn, with a bean, with a squash, all together. On the poster who is adding cooking grease. We are usually told this is a no-no because of drawing animals, smell, disease, or how it slows the breaking down process in a compost pile or soils. I'm not sure what it would "add". I avoid meats and animal fats in my compost, but know people who do not worry about it. Large quanities no, small amounts, go for it. It will eventually decompose. Ready for warm weather myself......
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Interesting........I had not encountered this, but baking soda seems solid as a sweetener -From here: http://www.thekitchn.com/garde...tomatoes-174895"This season I went a little gung ho with the tomato plants, but I've been loving every tasty moment. One reason I love them so much this year is that I've been altering their acidity levels to make sweet tasty treats. If MacGyver had a garden...
... he would have done the same thing!
This season I've been following a simple routine. I fertilize with a natural fertilizer once a week and then on Fridays I sprinkle baking soda on the top of the soil surrounding the plant (making sure not to get any on the plant itself).
Although it seems silly, this simple garden trick really works. The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers its acidity levels giving you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart. Although I haven't done this with every plant on my patio, having a few extra sweet nuggets to mix into a fresh tomato salad has been a wonderful discovery!
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darthmathias wrote: 10 years, same spot. Always large tomatoes. I till the spot and put grass clippings and leaves on the spot in the fall. I use Miracle Grow soil in the hole with the plant when I plant them. Works great.
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cardsrbest wrote: darthmathias wrote: 10 years, same spot. Always large tomatoes. I till the spot and put grass clippings and leaves on the spot in the fall. I use Miracle Grow soil in the hole with the plant when I plant them. Works great.I use this process as well in putting leaves and grass clippings and till them in.
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