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Q.When Planting Tomatoes What Goes Into The Hole?

Zone Ottawa, ON | Rhubarb_Pie added on April 25, 2021 | Answered

Hello, Located in zone 5a, I planted thyme in spring-2019. Although I did not do anything for overwintering, next year it came back and had pretty flowers with a spread area. Now, it’s still spring and it may be too early to judge, but the plant doesn’t look fine. I will wait another month or so, but I think I should take care of it more. 1. I purchased ‘cow manure compost’, am I supposed to mix with current soil or can I plant directly into this? 2. Do I have to place mulch for winter protection? If so, should it be on top of the thyme as it covers the ground? 3. If I keep placing mulch every season, the area is getting higher.. is that alright, or some other thing to do?

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Answered on April 26, 2021

I was confused, at first, as the title mentions tomatoes. Now I see that it was a mistake and the post is about thyme, so I will answer accordingly.

When feeding, make sure to find out what the soil is lacking, first. Testing for deficiencies will let you know what you need to add. If the test shows that the soil is lacking in nitrogen, the mixing manure with topsoil can help. Otherwise, you will add other amendments with other deficiencies needs.

In colder areas, mulch should be replaced to ensure that there isn't so much of a buildup. Composting old mulch will help, as you replace with new mulch.

Try to hold as much of the Thyme up as you can while putting new mulch down. Though it will grow through the mulch, it will appreciate some help.

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Answered on April 26, 2021

Thank you so much for very useful information, BushDoctor.

All the information is really helpful. I will start with a soil test then.
By the way, I think there was a glitch going on with the title. (I don't have tomatoes in my garden...)

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