Citizens Science Project: Biochar
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Fruits avg. 4–6 oz. and have better flavor and are more disease resistant than Early Girl. Widely adapted. High resistance to fusarium wilt races 1, 2 and verticillium wilt.
Tomatoes require 150 lbs. of nitrogen (N) per acre. (Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, 2020/2021 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations:
We are using the acre measurement because it is accessible online for commercial farmers. For home gardeners, we have made an easy-to-use conversion table that converts acres to the number of ounces your garden plot requires. If you want to find out how much N you need for your home or farm grown tomatoes, use the calculator below. Before you add an amendment, though, have your soil analyzed for N content. Then make up the difference, if needed, by adding an amendment, whether that is a biochar/compost mix or commercial fertilizer.
Some tips when applying common fertilizers (from A Homeowner’s Guide to Fertilizers):
A bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer contains 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate and 10 percent potash.
To calculate the pounds of nitrogen in a 50-lb bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer, multiply 50 by 0.10. Do the same for calculating the amounts of phosphate and potash. A 50-lb bag of 10-10-10 contains a total of 15 lbs. of nutrients: 5 lbs. nitrogen, 5 lbs. phosphate and 5 lbs potash. The remaining weight is filler, usually sand or granular limestone.
Estimate Nitrogen Needs for Your Vegetable GardenThis website takes 3 types of data inputs and converts them into an estimate of how much nitrogen-based fertilizer is needed.
Input 1: Nitrogen (lb) per AcreThis calculator asks for the nitrogen needs for a crop planted in an acre because this value can often be found at the website of a county extension office or the land grant university in your state.
Input 2: Length and Width of Your Plot
Input 3: Percentage of Nitrogen in your FertilizerFertilizer purchased in a garden store will have a 3 number code on it. An example would be "12-3-7". This means the contents of the fertilizer package have 12 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorus, and 7 percent potassium (potash). These are the three primary nutrients a plant will need. Enter the first of these numbers in the next field.