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    Tomato Growing Experiment

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    After collecting enough pucks from my espresso machine, I have decided to put them to good use. I am using the spent pucks to see if the Tomatoes grow better if planted in ground coffee or ordinary soil.
    So what I have done is prepare the soil and plant 2 tomato plants of the same type 75cm apart facing the same direction to the sun, 1 has been planted in garden soil the other I dug a bigger hole and filled it with coffee then placed the plant on top, then back filled it with the remaining coffee.
    The coffee has been mixed with some garden Lime to sweeten it up. So now I will wait and see if they grow any different

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    Re: Tomato Growing Experiment

    Next thing you know your tomato bush will be looking a bit frazzled until they get their daily used coffee puck fix *:-?

    It would be interesting to see the results.

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    My wife grew tomatoes last year.
    I cant be bothered with them as they are high maintenance.
    A few have sprouted this year from fallen fruit so shes tending to them again.
    I dont know how they got there but I found two plants yesterday sprouted in a gap between the house and path a good 1.5 metres from the garden bed.
    Hopefully yours are as determined martybean.

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    The best tasting tomatoes Ive had is from a bush that grew just as you described TG. You just have to beat the fruit flies to the tomatoes which were admittedly small and few.

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    We dont have much problem with fruit flies in Melbourne. But enough water could be a challenge [its raining as I type] but we do have about 2200lt of water storage at our house which is about half full.

    Here is a photo of the normally grown tomato


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    And here is the coffee grown tomato


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    Reminds me of a friend of mine at Uni growing tomato plants he kept them in his room but the funny herbs kept sprouting up around them ;D Might be an interestinf effect with the left over Caffine infused ;)

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    Id put some mulch around the base of both plants to cut down on evaporation MB.
    Make sure you use exactly the same kind of mulch on both. You can easily scrape the mulch away to apply more puckery to the soil around the shrubbery.
    Something to keep in mid. The caffeine in the coffee pucks may drive away the worms as I think caffeine acts as a vermicide. I would be interested if there is an effect. My tomato bush from last year was hit by nematode worms so I planted this years bush in a *container and crumbled some pucks around the top. The bush is doing very well.

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    Flynn_aus, I have put the spent coffee pucks in my worm farm and the earth worms seem to love it but Im not so shore about little pesky nematode worms. Also I have put some of those water saving crystals in and around the plants to save on water. As we are going away at the end of the week for Ten days so I hope thet hold up alright.

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    Gday martybean,and flynn_aus If you have nematode problems, plant some brassicas like broccoli around them or even radishes or mustard(a lot quicker to grow of course) the roots of the brassica exude a natural nematacide (saves using chemicals) btw Im a Biodynamic farmer, also for a good boost try adding a bit of crusher(basalt) dust to the soil , It is full of silica and trace elements , you can get it very cheaply from landscape supplies, Cheers Gaz

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    Hi All,
    Do you know if you can use coffee pucks on your lawn?
    Thx

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    Thanks for that Gaz I dont generally have a problems with nematodes but other people might so that info could be useful. We do however have a huge problem with these little beetles they are red orange and green. They dont seem to do much damage but they are everywhere.

    Newbiesnob I dont know if they are any good on lawn. You could try a small patch and if it comes up greener you know it cant be to bad.

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    martybean if you can post a photo of the beetles I could probably identify them,at least let you know what they are for your own and my curiosity, any critters in large populations are interesting.re: the pucks on the lawn , yep try the sample patch first, Cheers Gaz

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    I will have to do that when we get back from holidays around the 18th.
    Thanks.

    Marty.

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    Worms love coffee pucks so if the plant grown in pucks attracts more worms they might help it along.

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    Here is an update on the tomatoes, this is the coffee tomato. It has grown marginaly more than the other, but has had some flowers develop but they seem to be premature and not going to bear friut


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    Here is the tomato without coffee. the second measurement is the branch stretched out but not the leaf. So they have both grown a little in a couple of weeks


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    Doryanthes here is a pic of the beetles that seem to be in abundance at our place


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    Quote Originally Posted by flynn_aus link=1225654629/0#3 date=1225664575
    The best tasting tomatoes Ive had is from a bush that grew just as you described TG. You just have to beat the fruit flies to the tomatoes which were admittedly small and few.

    Plant some basil and a marigold near them. That will solve the fruit fly issue. I will upload a pic a bit later of what we have done.

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    tomatoe, potatoes, tpmatoes, tomatoes, pyrethrum,tomatoes

    The small yellow flowers are the marigolds and there are also a heap of basil plants in the pots too.

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    I have 4 tomatoes in all planted Lucinda, but only 2 are the same so they have been chosen for the experiment. I also have some poataoes growing.
    We dont get fruitfly problems here but fungus can get our tomatoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by martybean link=1225654629/0#17 date=1227508860
    Doryanthes here is a pic of the beetles that seem to be in abundance at *our place
    Looks like a Harlequin beetle (usually known as the fornicating Harlequin beetles -- keep an eye on them as the season progresses and youll see what I mean)

    Theyre murder on raspberries and tomatoes -- seem to suck the juice out of them or something.

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    Sorry it took me a while to get back , martybean very interesting critter, can you tell me what type of mouth it has , like does it have mandibles (jaws) or does it have like a siphon (spear like) and i can narrow it down to a family , havent got the buggers here in coastal NSW , Gaz

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    Oops didnt see simones post as it was on another page, yep it is the Harlequin bug
    Dindymus versicolor, may attack a wide range of crop and ornamental plants, such as cotton, pome fruits, stone fruits, fig, grape, kurrajong, strawberry, vegetables, wisteria, dahlia and violet. When they are present in large numbers their feeding makes growing tips wilt or spoils fruit. Sometimes the bugs swarm on tree stumps and
    fences, and they may come into sheds and houses in large numbers. The adult is about 12 mm long

    yes what she said , :P certainly are fornicating little buggers
    Gaz

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    Hi guys and girls yes I thought they might be Harlequin beetles they are a bit naughty arent they towing each other around like that.Well seeing as I have so many, at times and they are a pest I will have to keep on squishing them.
    Even though they like doing what they do.



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