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Dr JimZ® is a fourth generation family business that originally started in 1933. Our products are the result of over 50 years of science and experimentation and are the best fertilizers in the world . They are designed to stimulate life in the soil and supply all the nutrition most fertilizers neglect.

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Chicken Soup for the Soil® For Alfalfa?

Chicken Soup for the Soil® For Alfalfa?

Question: I grow alfalfa in the high desert of Oregon in Christmas Valley. Looking for information on amounts of Chicken Soup for the Soil® to apply and how often? Do you have farmers using chicken soup on alfalfa? We have a compost tea machine, but have not used it...

Tomato Articles

Tomato Gardening: Fish Fertilizer for Tomatoes

Tomato Gardening: Fish Fertilizer for Tomatoes

It has long been believed that fish help to build up soil and improve plant growth. Native Americans in North America were known to plant their corn and fertilize it by burying a fish alongside it. Even with all the improvements to agriculture that have come during...

Growing Tomatoes: How to Prune Tomato Plants

Growing Tomatoes: How to Prune Tomato Plants

Pruning tomato plants is an optional gardening task, but proper pruning can help prevent disease, produce more fruit, and help speed up ripening. Pruning is most effective when done throughout the entire growing season, so understanding the basics before you plant...

Growing Tomatoes: How Deep Should You Plant Tomatoes?

Growing Tomatoes: How Deep Should You Plant Tomatoes?

To grow great tomatoes with strong roots, you should plant them deep in the ground so that approximately two-thirds of the plant is buried and only the top of the plant is out of the ground. To help illustrate, that means if you have a 10 inch plant, 6-7 inches should...

Tomato Nutrition: Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomato Nutrition: Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, as well as other important plant compounds. They are rich in lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K, beta carotene and more, which can positively impact heart health, provide cancer prevention, and...

Growing Tomatoes: Early Blight Control in Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes: Early Blight Control in Tomatoes

Blight refers to a family of diseases that mostly affect tomatoes and potatoes. Early blight is caused by a fungus-like organism (alternaria solani) and can cause major damage to all parts of the plant. While symptoms of early blight may not always entirely destroy...

Tomato Fertilizer: How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers

Tomato Fertilizer: How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers

Tomatoes can be successfully grown in containers, but they will require some extra help to get the required nutrients to produce plentiful fruit. When you plant your tomatoes, the potting media that you use will likely contain some fertilizer, but that will only last...

Growing Tomatoes: Should Tomatoes Be Refrigerated?

Growing Tomatoes: Should Tomatoes Be Refrigerated?

You may have heard that you should never refrigerate tomatoes, but is that true? Experiments on the subject, performed by Serious Eats, have shown that you should usually avoid refrigerating tomatoes, especially commercially produced ones, but home-grown or...

Tomato Fertilizer: Best Nutrients for Tomato Seedlings

Tomato Fertilizer: Best Nutrients for Tomato Seedlings

Every spring gardeners eagerly anticipate the time when they can start planting for the new growing season. Tomatoes are especially susceptible to frost, so many people start them from seeds indoors. These seedlings need the right nutrients to grow and flourish, but...

Growing Tomatoes: Can I Feed My Pets Tomatoes?

Growing Tomatoes: Can I Feed My Pets Tomatoes?

Ripe, juicy tomatoes are the perfect summertime treat for your family, but what about your furry family members? Are tomatoes safe for pets to eat, or should they be avoided. It turns out that the occasional ripe, red tomato is safe for pets, but the green parts of...

Tomato Nutrition: Why are Tomatoes Red?

Tomato Nutrition: Why are Tomatoes Red?

People who only know tomatoes from the supermarket would say that tomatoes are red in color, but any gardener knows that tomatoes spend the majority of the time green and only turn red at the very end. So, what makes a tomato red, and why does this change in color...

Growing Tomatoes: DIY Tomato Cages

Growing Tomatoes: DIY Tomato Cages

Nearly every garden store sells some type of tomato cage to help support your tomatoes. Indeterminate tomato varieties benefit immensely from the extra support because they can become quite large as they continue to grow and set fruit throughout the entire growing...