I had the best cucumber crop ever, in one part of my garden, while another planting nearby barely produced at all. The vines were stunted and yellow despite my side-dressings with dried chicken manure and my foliar feedings with compost tea. What caused the difference?
Instead of buying, grow all that you'll need of both, during the off-season. The technique is very simple. In late summer or early fall, you make a bed or beds for your tomatoes.
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Hairy vetch is a legume that when planted as a winter cover crop, provides rich nutriets and the perfect bedding for growing tomatoes next summer. Everybody loves tomatoes, but they're not the easiest vegetable to grow. They get diseases, leaves drop, fruits rot and gardeners will always listen to a new tip for growing better crops.
Hairy vetch mulch activates, in regular tomatoes, some of the same metabolic pathways and genes that are activated in biotech tomatoes by the insertion of the ySAMdc gene, which makes tomato plants more vigorous and makes their fruit more tasty and nutritious. Mattoo made this finding after growing transgenic and non-transgenic tomato lines in both black plastic and hairy vetch mulch. The transformed gene creates higher levels of polyamines, which are organic nitrogen compounds that make tomato plants more vigorous and makes the tomatoes more tasty and nutritious.
Yesterday as I pulled up weary tomato plants and lugged them to the compost pile, I considered my options for the empty bed. I could cover it with a winter mulchbut with a few weeks of growing season left to go, cold-hardy cover crops are a better option. From nitrogen-fixing legumes like hairy vetch and winter field peas to deeply-rooted winter grains like cereal wheat and cereal ryewinter-hardy cover crops improve the soil and green up first thing in spring - an awesome sight to a winter-weary gardener. Legumes including peas, beans and vetches can take nitrogen from the air and store it in their roots, so you can use cold-hardy legumes to grow your own fertilizer during the winter and early spring months.
Is it worth the effort? I've read of lots of very good results using it, but I can't discern what's truth, what's hype, and I'm trying to make a informed decision - as much as I can. I'd do some more checking.