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Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 7:37pm On Aug 04, 2021
jidestroud:


The irony in this my cucumber saga is that I have helped 2 friends set up their cucumber farms (although just 2plots each) and it did marvelously well, though it wasn't organic.

Well, I think the major problem I have with cucumbers is my inability to grow them organically on a commercial scale. For tomatoes, I have grown them in and out of seasons with breaking a sweat, but that thing called cucumbers ehn.... angry, even pilot projects of few stands using good available seeds at that time, IT STILL DIDN'T WORK FOR ME HABA!!!
The winchy winchy wey dey follow that crop too much. At this stage, no more trails and errors for me oooo, na to make money and one winchy winchy cucumber cannot come and be giving me headaches or force me to go inorganic. Make I leave am for una experts.

Sir please can I have your number?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 7:03am On Jul 29, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
mine is 30cm ( my drip tape distance) what is your own drip tape distance?

Same 30cm but my last planting was 60cm. Next year I will doing platinum by God's grace
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 5:51pm On Jul 27, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
mulching!

Pls sir. What's your spacing on platinum again. 30cm or 60cm?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:29am On Jun 18, 2021
I sold a rubber basket equivalent to this crate 18k yesterday. See the way market women were begging for 15k I nor gree and I also condition them to come to the farm that am not taking it to them. They all rushed down to buy.
I always love this season of tomatoes
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 9:36pm On Jun 11, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
Sure! Renew the ridges. Don't use 20:10:10 again. Use golden npk 15:15:15 two weeks after you transplant, then calcium nitrates when it about to set flowers.you also need to work on your staking! I like your spacing which is 50cm!!! You can call me tomorrow evening if there is anything you still want to ask me. God bless our work!

Thank you and God bless you

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Agriculture / Re: My 100% Organic Cucumber Project by ritzyluv: 10:01pm On Jun 09, 2021
jidestroud:
The introduction

Okay, I decided to start a new thread dedicated for this project. Believe me when I say this, growing cucumbers organically is definitely an herculean task. To be able to keep the fungi wahala in check is the major problem. I have tried on so many occasions to pull it off but I end up hitting the restart button. The outcome using inorganic means gave outstanding results but I am known for organic ways grin , so I mustn't compromise in the least way.
I have been able to grow tomatoes (in and out of rainy seasons) organically without issues. In short, it stands as the easiest thing to do for me but, this cucumbers ehn... cry

The Start Up Project
I went to the agrotropic stores an got two varieties

a. Nagano F1 Cucumbers
b. Marketer Cucumbers

Got a grow tray. Quite unfortunate I didn't get the big trays for crops like cucumbers.

Site Preparation
For this project, I used sacking methods. I didn't want to take chances at all.
Got my soil from a virgin land. Nevertheless, I hard to sundry it for about a week (leaving no rooms for flaws).

Got my manure and did same.

Mixed in appropriate ratio; 50:50 soil to manure mixture. After which I bagged it up in black poly bags.



Hello sir please I would love to get your contact or you can wstsapp me on 0+80+37+88+73+62
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 9:22pm On Jun 09, 2021
DeLaRue:


I can probably sell you a packet (1500 seeds) for N13, 500.

I have not grown Platinum before, but it seems it is a very good seed, from what I have been reading here. However, from the pictures I have seen the plants seem rather tall thus necessitating staking - this can be costly in terms of time, money and effort.

If you want to grow a very large field, the variety I have would be a better choice since it doesn't grow very tall and does not require staking. Yes, you lose may be 10% of the fruits to rot, but I think it is worth it when you consider the effort that goes into staking.

Staking is also a barrier to you scaling up. How do you stake 20,000 plants without investing a ton of money

A tomato variety that is low in height, produces well, highly disease resistant, and is generally low-maintenance is a no brainer in my view.

If you look at Tomato Jos (the American lady investor spending millions of dollars growing tomatoes in Kaduna (I think)), her tomato plants are not staked. That's because she plants several hectares and staking is simply not economically feasible in that situation.

I'm not given to hyperbole, but I'm tempted to say that if this particular tomato seed is adopted widely in the South today, in a year or two, there would be little need to import tomatoes from the North.

Based on my experience, it seems to do well in ALL seasons - dry, wet, heavy rainfall, low rainfall, very high temperature etc. Also, the structure, shape, and colour of the fruit is excellent for Nigerian market and taste. It is possible there are tomatoes that produce more in Nigeria today, but boy, I would be surprised if anything beats this tomato when all factors are considered.

That is why I want people to try it in different locations so we can confirm if my report of its performance is confirmed across the entire south or whether my location just happens to be well suited to it.

If you are in the North and you want to try in your location, I'd be happy to send you some seeds.

Sir please I need your contact. I want to make love enquiry on this your seed

















Sir please I need your contact. I want to make enquiry on this your seed
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 9:21pm On Jun 09, 2021
DeLaRue:


I can probably sell you a packet (1500 seeds) for N13, 500.

I have not grown Platinum before, but it seems it is a very good seed, from what I have been reading here. However, from the pictures I have seen the plants seem rather tall thus necessitating staking - this can be costly in terms of time, money and effort.

If you want to grow a very large field, the variety I have would be a better choice since it doesn't grow very tall and does not require staking. Yes, you lose may be 10% of the fruits to rot, but I think it is worth it when you consider the effort that goes into staking.

Staking is also a barrier to you scaling up. How do you stake 20,000 plants without investing a ton of money

A tomato variety that is low in height, produces well, highly disease resistant, and is generally low-maintenance is a no brainer in my view.

If you look at Tomato Jos (the American lady investor spending millions of dollars growing tomatoes in Kaduna (I think)), her tomato plants are not staked. That's because she plants several hectares and staking is simply not economically feasible in that situation.

I'm not given to hyperbole, but I'm tempted to say that if this particular tomato seed is adopted widely in the South today, in a year or two, there would be little need to import tomatoes from the North.

Based on my experience, it seems to do well in ALL seasons - dry, wet, heavy rainfall, low rainfall, very high temperature etc. Also, the structure, shape, and colour of the fruit is excellent for Nigerian market and taste. It is possible there are tomatoes that produce more in Nigeria today, but boy, I would be surprised if anything beats this tomato when all factors are considered.

That is why I want people to try it in different locations so we can confirm if my report of its performance is confirmed across the entire south or whether my location just happens to be well suited to it.

If you are in the North and you want to try in your location, I'd be happy to send you some seeds.

Sir please I need your contact. I want to make love enquiry on this your seed
















Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 7:50pm On Jun 09, 2021
@farmerakinloye6... can I still repeat tomatoes on same portion immediately after harvest?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:44pm On Jun 07, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
nice one! Next will be more okay than this because of the experience you have gain. God bless your hustle!

Yes, thank you sir and God bless you for time
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 7:22am On Jun 05, 2021
Harvest on the rise. 4 hausa big basket gotten so far.

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 5:28pm On May 20, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
calm down!!! I will not encourage you to keep spending much on this project. Harvest this one, treat your soil next time and plant plantinum. Plantinum has resistance to Nematode to some extent.

Thank you sir.
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 11:14pm On May 19, 2021
Can't I use furadan or worm force?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 11:10pm On May 19, 2021
vonxe:

This is the work of nematodes as my oga famerakinloye6 said.
But you can still remedy it, buy velum prime by bayer
One of east west distributors said he would sell 500ml for 25k naira for just an acre. It can be applied anytime

Please is the no other solution, this
velum prime is really expensive?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 8:31pm On May 19, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
Nematode at work... best treatment is before planting.

So what should I use on it now? I was thinking it was the calmag. Please what can I use now?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 8:28pm On May 19, 2021
I applied calmag to the root some days ago. Is it that it's too much or what?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:39pm On May 18, 2021
These ones are good

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:37pm On May 18, 2021
The leaves are going weak and then just die off

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:21pm On May 18, 2021
After a heavy down poor two days ago. My tomatoes started acting like this. Please what's the cause and possible solution?

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:41am On May 05, 2021
DeLaRue:


20-10-10 is manageable in the early stages of tomato plants life. However, once the plants start showing signs of flowering, the high-nitrogen 20-10-10 should be replaced with a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus and lower nitrogen rate. This is also the time you should be getting ready to apply Calcium Nitrate.

Dont wait until fruits are set before you start applying Calcium Nitrate otherwise blossom end rot will affect some of the tomatoes. Once a tomato fruit has BER, there's no remedy. By the way, I feel some tomato varieties are probably more susceptible than others. Something to think about in your next planting.

In your present situation, I advise you pluck affected tomatoes off the plants as soon as possible so the plants can grow new fruits quicker.

In order to prevent newer fruits from succumbing to BER, you need to up your Calcium Nitrate (preferable) or CalMag game.

CN applied through the roots is probably the best medium term option but it takes several days for plants fully absorb it, so not idea when urgency is a factor. A faster option would be to mix at a ratio of 1 tablespoon CN in 4 litres of water and spray on top and under the plant leaves. If you're using a 12 litre pump, that would be 3 tablespoon. Don't heap the spoons as that will take you above the recommended dose which can result in leaf burn and harm your plant.

All the best.

Thank you very much. So which fertilizer can I use that has higher phosphorus in case of next time?

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Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 10:48pm On May 04, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
too early for that now! Am not experiencing such. To my understanding you also apply 20:10:10 two weeks ago too(which is bad for vegetable) don't you think you are applying too much fertilizer to your tomato? I will keep saying "wrong handling of fertilizer, insecticide, manure and fungicide always cause trouble!!!"

I have only applied the 20:10:10 twice( 2 weeks interval). I used the camag once before I noticed the end-rot.
There is no 15:15:15 in my area(I heard it has been band here) that is why I used 20:10:10

Please what can I do?
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 10:41pm On May 04, 2021
vonxe:
Very important question!!!
@ritzyluv
@Farmerakinloye6
How much did you guys spent on staking?
Am doing three plots with a total of 4500 stands, Only bamboo will cost 30k, those who will slice the bamboo 10k, those who will erect the bamboo sticks 10k.

My proposed total for staking is 50k!!!
What is yours

We have bamboo close to the farm so we just go there to cut
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 12:33pm On May 03, 2021
I noticed today that my tomatoes is having end-rot despite I started using calmag 2weeks ago. What else can I use or is the dosage am using not enough?
I couldn't snap, there is no space in my phone
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 9:35pm On Apr 29, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
I like your tomato spacing and your farm is neat. Don't joke with staking (hardest part in tomato farming) falling to ground Will Makes it attract fungi and bringing out unnecessarily branches. I will post video by weekend watch it you will get more insight. Distance between your Pole is like 250cm do you think it will work when the fruit is BIG? MY is 90cm-120cm apart.

Yes, the Staking will hold and thank you very much sir
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:49pm On Apr 28, 2021
And I saw these fruits today

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:48pm On Apr 28, 2021
I have not finished my Staking when a heavy wind n rain came 4 nights ago n made all the tomatoes fall to the ground. But they are getting up now n we are rushing the Staking to avoid another disaster

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Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 8:42am On Apr 24, 2021
tpben:


Your soil does not drain well.
It's overly obvious in the picture..
That's the cause since your plants can't breathe.

Yes, I have observed it also, even on ridges the water still holds. I was irrigating my cucumber n I didn't know that line was still on.

Thank you all for the information.
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 7:04am On Apr 23, 2021
emmaachile2:

What variety of tomatoes?

Cobra 26 F1
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 6:54am On Apr 23, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
am so sorry! sad This is caused by fertilizer maybe you apply it too near the stand OR Nematode at work. Sorry SIS! If the stem shrink,dry then it definitely fertilizer. Put your number on your signature let me call you.

I will message you on WhatsApp now
Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 8:28pm On Apr 22, 2021
This is what I saw this evening.
I was walking round the farm when due saw it

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 2:11pm On Apr 22, 2021
Farmerakinloye6:
it is cause by weather not a serious issue am experiencing thesame thing here. Yes can start now 15ml per 16litre, spray in the evening. Your farm is neat! Won't you stake sad?

Okay. But some just die after the folding. What I do is just uproot them off.
I am Staking already

Agriculture / Re: Step By Step Improve Way Of Cultivating TOMATOES by ritzyluv: 9:27am On Apr 22, 2021
Good day sir. This pic was last week. Now I noticed the leaves of some are folding upward. What do of be the cause? And can I start using ortiva top on them?

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