The Tomato Test

There’s nothing like a home grown tomato, they are sweeter, plumper and tastier than their shop-bought equivalents. However, as most amateur gardeners will tell you, they can be a pain-in-the-**** to grow. Even if you nurture them like your own children, follow the endless advice available, and constantly watch them out the window in a state of paranoia, sometimes they just don’t work.

Over the next few weeks we will be covering ways of how you can minimise the risks and maximise your yields; hopefully with minimum effort. We’re looking specifically at Envii Foundation (which can be bought from Amazon or eBay for £9.99). Foundation is a soil treatment that gives the soil essential nutrients it needs to provide a good base for a plant. This means that it is not a plant treatment – it is something that should be used before planting for maximum effect.

Foundation is traditionally used in the hydroponic and commercial agriculture industries. Of course, when there’s money involved it’s hugely important to get your plants off to a good start. In the USA results showed a 35% increase in survival rate  (from 60% to 95%) in commercial crops grown in rockwool which makes Foundation invaluable to these growers.

Getting the basics right

So on the 22nd May we started to run some tests. We bought 3 Tomato plants from B&Q (1 x Gardener’s Delight, 1 x Beefsteak and 1 x Alicante) and several B&Q growbags!

We took 3 identical tubs, put a plant in each, watered them with 2 litres of water and put them in the greenhouse.

A week later, we repeated this test – bought 3 plants, put them in the greenhouse etc – but this time added a tablet of foundation in with the water.

tomato (foundation) week 1 small     tomato (without foundation) week 1 small

Now I know what you’re are thinking – why did they wait a week? Well we though the best way to prove our point would be to show the foundation treated plants play catch up!

The next post will show progress after 1 week.

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