Week 17 Feeding Tomato Plants Molasses

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The tomatoes are growing so nice and plump, and some are ripening and will be ready to harvest in just a couple of days!

Next week I should have some tomatoes to harvest and will post my first recipe.  I hope you will enjoy, I can’t wait to share delicious recipes you can use your fresh grown tomatoes in. Texas Cherry 6 7 2014So far the Texas Cherry and Rainbow Bell Tomatoes are ripening fast.  There are so many of them.  It’s tempting to just pick them off the vine and pop into my mouth and eat like candy.

You must remember they are out in the elements and there could be bird droppings, bugs and dust on them, so it’s always wise to restrain from just popping them in your mouth until after you rinse them carefully.

This week, it’s time to boost the soil and feeding the Tomato Plants Medina Liquid Molasses is just what the tomatoes are craving.  The sweet molasses not only will give the tomato plants a necessary boost in energy, but will also add a sweetness to the tomatoes that are ripening. Molasses is a soil amendment and diluted in water easily goes into the soil, increasing the microbial activity and feeds the ripening tomatoes. Molasses contains sucrose, glucose and fructose sugars. Molasses also contains several vitamins and minerals which will increase plant growth.

Even though it has rained here, I am keeping the drip irrigation running.  During the rain of course I turn it off, but then a couple of hours after the rain stops, the drip irrigation goes back on.  This will help the tomatoes to not develop splits.  With all my different tomato varieties, there is not one splitting tomato! I am also continuing to pinch off any bad leaves and sucker branches.  I have not see a single horned tomato worm…this could be in all the preparations that we did from starting the seeds to planting and keeping the tomato plants trimmed.  Plus, I am making sure all the trimmings are removed from the area.

Here’s this week’s video of the Backyard Genie feeding the happy tomato plants Medina Liquid Molasses.

There are the beautiful Tomatoes this week:

Caro Rich Tomatoes

Caro Rich Tomatoes

Celebrity Tomatoes

Celebrity Tomatoes

Gypsy Tomatoes

Gypsy Tomatoes

Rainbow Bell Tomatoes

Rainbow Bell Tomatoes

Texas Cherry Tomatoes

Texas Cherry Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

Roma Tomatoes

First Tomatillo Tomato Husk

First Tomatillo Tomato Husk

Next week I will be harvesting Texas Cherry and Rainbow Bell Tomatoes and will share a delicious Marinated Tomato recipe. My tomatoes have a sweet tooth!

Ramona Werst Your Backyard Genie