Second transplant

As part of the “HUGE plant” treatment of the giant tomato experiment, on 2-3-2012 I transplanted 12 tomato plants up to 4-gallon pots (used and cleaned vegetable oil jugs).

Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011) - 41 days from seed, 16 in. tall, 1 stem, no foliage disease

Brutus Magnum (6.25 Meisner 2011) - 49 days from seed, 21 in. tall, 1 stem, 1 leaf slight disease

MegaMarv (5.51 Meisner 2011) - 49 days from seed, 24 in. tall, 3 stems, 2 leaves slight disease

Big Zac (5.35 Lyons 2010) - 49 days from seed, 22 in. tall, 2 stems, 3 leaves slight disease

Delicious (4.46 Marley 2011) - 41 days from seed, 21 in. tall, 1 stem, 1 leaf slight disease

Big Zac? (4.20 Diaz 2011) - 49 days from seed, 25.5 in. tall, 2 stems, 6 leaves moderate disease

Big Zac (3.94 Pennington 2010) - 49 days from seed, 21 in. tall, 1 stem, 3 leaves slight disease

Church (3.36 Perry 2008) - 49 days from seed, 26 in. tall, 1 stem, 1 leaf slight disease

Gildo Pietroboni (>3 Kott 2011) - 49 days from seed, 22.5 in. tall, 1 stem, 4 leaves slight disease

Hoy (>3 Kott 2011) - 49 days from seed, 25 in. tall, 2 stems, 6 leaves moderate disease

Big Zac (2.660 DT 2011) - 49 days from seed, 24.5 in. tall, 1 stem, no foliage disease

Big Zac (2.510 DT 2011) - 49 days from seed, 21.5 in. tall, 1 stem, no foliage disease

All 12 plants in their new temporary home under a 400 W metal halide light

Composition of soil medium :

Tomato bed (from last year’s giant tomato bed – LOADED with earthworms), 0.31

Leaf Mold (from large compost pile – see other blog posts), 0.254

Topsoil (from last year’s garden), 0.11

Mink manure, 0.08

Peat moss, 0.07

Nutrimulch (Turkey litter composted with wood shavings), 0.05

Horse Manure (partially decomposed), 0.05

Chicken litter ( about 2 years old, full composted), 0.04

Juniper duff, 0.02

Wood Ash, 0.008

Azomite (source of > 70 minerals), 0.004

Sulphur, 0.004

Also added small amounts of Sea Magic sea weed concentrate, Sustane 4-6-4 slow release fertilizer, bone meal and Mycos 30 mycorrhizal inoculant.  Here’s what the concoction looks like:

Many hours of digging and bed preparation work remain to get these in the ground and protected by the March 1st goal.

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