Gord: We are back with Sheena Adams from Urban Greenery. Sheena your tomatoes look awesome. Now you must have some secrets that you can share with us.
Sheena: Yes, I do. These are inner vegetable garden and we do garden organically here something we believe in. So of course day from the very start, we start to be planted certified organic plants. We put just those and put them in. And when I planted them I used to mixture of organic fertilizer, which can use cop nettling, little green sand and rock phosphate, and glacial rock dust and that will provide a slower of risk of three sediments minerals plus the PMK throughout whole growing season. As well every two weeks I go through and I apply a liquid cap and liquid fish to the foliage and to root of the plant. And that keeps those greenish they are.
Gord: Now, about what you have just said is probably Greek to lot of people like green sand, and rock phosphate. Is there a certain thing when people are looking at they should be either high in nitrogen or high in phosphorous.
Sheena: With organic fertilizer, you never get high numbers they are always lower because it is sees lower release. So you can look for different things provided the PMK, but really the most important thing is to make sure that you get a component such as glacial rock, duster rock, phosphate, better as well as providing that will provide B3 soil vitamins and minerals. It is very important, the fish in cop and a liquid form also adds for growth purpose, which I find work fantastic. So you can go to the garden center and you can find the organic elements.
Gord: So, we fertilize them. Now, we got to keep the pest off them and I noticed you have got some net sort of companion planting here.
Sheena: Yes, I am being a companion plants. Think so this year I have chosen to plant Marigolds and Basils. The basils I have not planted yet. It has been warm enough that will go in with these tomatoes. The marigolds and they are to detour the pest as well underneath I put swish cop, it is been sort of research to that help such tomatoes for you to use and it also grows well in the shape in if that tomatoes has provide..
Gord: So you actually help it produce tomatoes by planting swish cop.
Sheena: That is what I have heard. So I am going to find out and the basil as well is said he make the fruit more tastier and colorful.
Gord: Okay, well it does not bear basil there
Sheena: That is right, harvest them together and enjoy.
Gord: Yes, exactly and a marigold, why would you want to plant marigold?
Sheena: Well, the marigold are not only are they beautiful and they attract insects to help pollinate your tomato flowers, but they also or said to detour pest off just aphids and moths something is coming and cause problems to you tomatoes.
Gord: Well, what ever you are doing, you are doing great jobs. Thanks for sharing some of your secret with us.
Gord Nickel has been a professional horticulturalist for almost 30 years. Taken from his popular TV show, Gord, who has been working in gardens since he was 15 years old, teaches easy, fun gardening skills.