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I just start seedling in potting soil then always add a bag of miracle grow to all my planting when i transplant always works wonders..
 

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Tailgater, here is what seems to work for me..I mix a ts of epsom salt in a quart of water, which I put in a handheld spray bottle I get from family dollar for $1.50, this I spray on the blossoms. an old timer told me this (heck I'm an old timer) and so far it has worked. this keeps the blossoms from dropping, and gives the plant a boost. Like you I also use "manure" tea but I have also used compost tea. I like to take mature tea and pour 2 cupfulls per Plant down by the roots, I do this about every 2 weeks. Compost tea should do the same.
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I've done the same thing as Errol. Epsom salts give a boost of magnesium and read you should do it when the peppers and tomatoes start to flower. Since I'm mostly containers I've also put a bit of Epsom salts around the edges of the pots and that seems to help too.
 

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Papaw, wish I could get some seaweed tea, but I live to far inland I guess, so I use compose for my compost tea and horse/cow manure for my manure tea but I have heard wonderful things about seaweed tea
thanks for the info
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Angel, I use manure tea on everything, just be sure to use no more then a 1part tea to 10 parts water, I use a handheld sprayer and a 1 gallon pump sprayer and I use it about every 3 weeks ...epsom salt I mix 1 tbs to a quart of water and spray the foilage and the blooms
you can use epsom salt as much as you want it will not burn foliage
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The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes and sauces, and in drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes.
 
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