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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-06-11 01:22 PM
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Milk bath miracle does it again!
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Returned home after my extended absence to some MIGHTY pitiful tomato plants. Short, spindly and generally pathetic. Immediately gave them Lyric's milk bath (approx. 1/2c non-fat dry milk to one gallon lukewarm water for anyone who somehow missed her most-popular-in-Gardening-Forum-ever thread) and VOILA! One week later, they are taking off like gangbusters.

Amusingly, I also returned to two unexpected tomato plants-- growing under the tree in the front yard in amongst the flowers. Must have seeded from last year's dropped fruit (my containers are quite nearby). Amusingly, they were doing as well in so-so soil w/no extra fertilizer as my babied in-container plants. Decided to let them stay as I am hoping that at least will turn out to be a Black Cherry as I was not able to get one this year and included them in the milk bathing.

Thanks again, Lyric for sharing this most wondrous tomato elixir. :applause:
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  -Milk bath miracle does it again! beac  Jul-06-11 01:22 PM   #0 
  - I'm doing my plants tomorrow.  Lugnut   Jul-07-11 12:45 AM   #1 
  - Because mine are in containers, I "bathe" them about every ten days to two weeks.  beac   Jul-07-11 09:24 AM   #2 
     - It's amazing.  Lugnut   Jul-07-11 09:27 AM   #3 
        - Yup, definitely good for cukes.  beac   Jul-07-11 11:08 AM   #4 
           - My cukes this year are pretty sad.  Lugnut   Jul-10-11 01:22 AM   #6 
              - Sounds yummy.  beac   Jul-10-11 09:30 AM   #7 
                 - Prices were excellent at the markets here last year.  Lugnut   Jul-13-11 01:28 AM   #21 
                    - Thanks for the update!  beac   Jul-13-11 09:37 AM   #23 
  - I treated mine yesterday.  GentryDixon   Jul-09-11 08:50 AM   #5 
  - I'm going to try this. My one tomato in a big pot started out good,  ellenrr   Jul-10-11 11:40 AM   #8 
  - Do you know if your tomato is determinate or indeterminate?  beac   Jul-10-11 01:23 PM   #9 
     - hmmm, I read the descriptions,  ellenrr   Jul-11-11 05:16 AM   #14 
        - According to this article it is "semi-determinate" (which I'm guessing is the  beac   Jul-11-11 07:36 AM   #15 
           - yes I found the label and it is semi.  ellenrr   Jul-11-11 01:24 PM   #17 
              - I keep planting all season long  NJCher   Jul-12-11 10:29 PM   #20 
                 - I am now going to try a second planting of squash this year.  beac   Jul-13-11 10:44 AM   #26 
  - I've never heard of the milk bath. How many plants will a gallon of it feed?  Vinca   Jul-10-11 04:52 PM   #10 
  - Make sure to get NON-FAT dry milk.  beac   Jul-10-11 06:04 PM   #11 
     - Thanks. My eggplants are sorry looking, too, so maybe I'll give them a drink, too.  Vinca   Jul-10-11 06:27 PM   #12 
        - In my experience, it works wonders for any veggie.  beac   Jul-10-11 06:32 PM   #13 
  - How often do you do this milk bath?  Raven   Jul-11-11 08:37 AM   #16 
  - Mine are in containers, so I bathe them about every ten days. Every two weeks at the most.  beac   Jul-11-11 02:06 PM   #18 
     - Thank you Beac.  Raven   Jul-11-11 02:18 PM   #19 
  - I just returned from an early-morning trip to the ShopRite  NJCher   Jul-13-11 07:50 AM   #22 
  - Early morning or late evening is best, just like regular watering.  beac   Jul-13-11 09:39 AM   #24 
     - I did half the garden this a.m.  NJCher   Jul-13-11 10:34 AM   #25 
        - Great! I'll look forwrd to your before-and-afters.  beac   Jul-13-11 10:47 AM   #27 
           - do you spray the leaves and fruit with the mixture?  ellenrr   Jul-13-11 12:14 PM   #28 
           - I don't spray the leaves, but I hear you can do that if you have a problem w/  beac   Jul-13-11 04:39 PM   #30 
           - yeah, they're in raised beds  NJCher   Jul-13-11 03:20 PM   #29 
              - I hope Lyric checks in soon to see how much she's helped us all again this year.  beac   Jul-13-11 04:40 PM   #31 
  - I'll try this  TuxedoKat   Jul-18-11 08:24 AM   #32 
  - study shows milk spray effective in halting powdery mildew  NJCher   Jul-22-11 09:10 AM   #33 

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