Using compost to liven up some tomatoes low on nitrogen
Our garden is going like gangbusters. Gardening partner Ken was actually in disbelief when he came over a few weeks ago and saw how very, very lush it is. Even though I’d over-assured him all spring it’s not hard to grow vegetables in Iowa.
But these two guys are not looking good.
The cilantro and potted tomato are yellow – well, and the tomato looks like the garden-equivalent of a malnourished horse – and they look nitrogen-deprived.
The tomato had fresh potting soil this spring, but I’m pretty sure the cilantro got the short end of the stick: when I’d planted the seeds I’d also run out of potting soil and used what was leftover in this pot from last year.
Luckily, I have been cultivating my compost since last fall for just such a purpose.
And it’s become soil! HOORAY!
I shoveled out a few cups’ worth and spread it over the tops of the tomato and cilantro pots, then gave them both a good dose of water.
I’d thought about making compost tea, but they needed a little additional soil anyway. We’ll see if this works.
The rest of the garden? Awesome. It’s been giving us lettuce, snap peas, string beans, spinach, and radishes for weeks.