Love Apple Farms has some interesting, detailed instructions for planting tomatoes. Their most notable secret ingredient: fish heads! All together now:
Roly poly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads
Eat them up, yum!
Or maybe that last line should read, Plant them up, yum!
For those of you who think I've lost my mind, you are correct, but not because of the fish head song. The credit/blame for that one lies with Barnes & Barnes, whose novelty song was a staple on the Dr. Demento Show back when your Rainy Day Gardener was just a seedling. If you're just dying to sing it to your kids/pets/plants, you can find lyrics, a Wikipedia entry, and a YouTube video online.
OK, enough with the fish heads. Back to tomatoes. I'll have to try the Love Apple Farms method next year, since I planted my tomatoes last weekend. I didn't use any fish heads or other unusual ingredients, just some horse manure from my local landscape supply place (which, thankfully, does not feature piles of fish heads. Can you imagine the stench? The manure is bad enough.) When I lived in Portland, I put crushed egg shells around the base of the transplants to help prevent blossom end rot and fend off slugs. I like Love Apple Farms' idea of putting the egg shells in the planting hole (with the fish head), as it seems like the plant would get more calcium that way.
Do you have any special tips for planting tomatoes? Or creative uses for fish heads? If so, please share them in the comments.
I wonder if I can find a way to work one more instance of "fish heads" into this post. Nah...