My father has come down to Tassie for a visit, which is great as it has been a while since I last saw him, and he has provided me with some useful advice on my garden. I have mentioned previously that my father is a great gardener, he has always produced amazing harvests of tomatoes. I have asked him to check out my garden and provide me with some advice.
He was mostly pretty happy with my work, yet he has recommended watering my tomatoes with Seasol once a week. He said that it has provided him with a very bountiful harvest every year. I have previously been reluctant to use Seasol, the reason is that I want to create a garden that does not need external input… something that is self reliant. Yet, after talking to my father about his way of growing (and a quick internet search that confirmed that Seasol is organic), I decided to add this to my garden on a weekly basis. What use is a self reliant garden that produces no output?
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was trying to replant the tomato plants which I had decided to cull. I had planted multiple seedlings in the same location, with the intention of culling the ones which did not make the grade, leaving the strongest one to grow. I used to do this with a pair of scissors or secateurs, just cutting the stalk and letting it drop to the base. I tried a new way, of gently pulling the undesirable seedlings out of the ground, attempting to keep their roots intact, before replanting in another location.
Well, I have noted that these seedlings that were moved have shown almost zero growth since moved. Some had grown a little, yet their growth was very gradual. After a chat to my father, and a quick Seasol water, I noticed that the moved seedlings have dramatically improved, so much so that I was very surprised to see such a huge improvement. I will continue to use this Seasol for a little while, till I can produce my own fertiliser to increase plant growth. I believe that Seasol is made from seaweed… something that I could possibly gather and add to a home made feriliser.