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March 05, 2010


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Steve Smoot

I've seen some of those GEM tomato starts and they sure looked good. However Craig, using that Osmocote prompts an alternative organic mix recipe.

Here's one from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: "Israeli researchers discovered that vegetable and herb seedlings raised in a mix of 40% vermiculite, 30% peat moss, and 30% composted cow manure grew faster, with less incidence of disease. . ."

You can find other recipes on their website,

I've used them. Happy Planting!


thanks for the alternatives Steve. I guess if the manure has been composted it's reached a temp that kills much of the disease. Sounds like worth giving a try.

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