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Old March 9, 2011   #1
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Default tomatoes alive plus fertilizer - worth buying?

Just saw it's on a saint patricks day sale, along with everything at gardens alive. Is it worth getting?
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Old March 9, 2011   #2
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I tried it last year and the plants did fine. I mixed some into the potting soil when I potted up my seedlings and they grew fat and happy. Can't say anything bad about the stuff, it's a good organic fertilizer in my opinion. It's made from alfalfa meal, bone meal, blood meal, kelp meal, dried molasses, poultry manure, soybean meal, pulverized limestone. All good stuff.
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Old March 9, 2011   #3
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It's good stuff for tomatoes and peppers - I've used it for many years. If there's a sale on it, go for it.

Where's the sale?
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Old March 10, 2011   #4
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http://www.gardensalive.com/ up to 67% off, pretty much everything on sale through st patricks day.
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I'm trying this stuff for the first time this year. I'm replacing Tomato Tone with it because I've heard nothing but bad things about the new Tomato Tone. I'm going to use it in earthboxes along with a Actinovate, MycoGrow & Biota Max drench. I researched, and I can't find alot reviews for Tomatoes Alive, but the few that I did find, were very good. I think the cost is off-putting to most people. I used the $25 off coupon and still spent twice as much on it than I ever did on Tomato Tone. I hope I'm not disappointed with the results.
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i just went to the website and see nothing about a sale much less 67% off. can you provide some info? at that much of a discount ta is a buy.
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ok, I guess you have to open an email link from them that sets a cookie that gives the sale prices. try http://dmiemail.gardensalive.com/t/9...68/21332090/0/

I see the best price point for the tomatoes alive at 8964Tomatoes Alive!® Plus - 3 lbs (feeds 21 plants)1+$18.95 $9.48

the larger package is actually more per pound/plant
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Old March 10, 2011   #8
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Wow, I wish I would of seen this sale. I could of saved $25 on my order.

I found this review of Tomatoes Alive on the internet:

So I tried Tomatoes Alive next. It contains a mixture of key nutrients and micronutrients essential to the well-being of tomatoes. Unlike Miracle-Gro, it did not need diluting or endanger my tomatoes from getting burned by an overdose. I got so many tomatoes, I had to cut back on planting as many the following year, as I was just giving them all away to people at work and around the neighborhood!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/gardens-alive-sales-greendale

If anyone is wondering. This is what is in it:

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Guaranteed Analysis
Total Nitrogen (N) ............................ 6.00%
.96% Water Soluble Nitrogen
5.04 Water Insoluble Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5)..................... 2.00%
Soluble Potash (K2O) .......................... 2.00%
Calcium (Ca)................................... 8.79%
Magnesium(Mg).................................. 1.64%

http://www.gardensalive.com/article.asp?ai=620
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I must have at some point signed up for their emails. That's how I knew about the sale.
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Old March 10, 2011   #10
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Thanks, I just signed up. I hope I'm on their specials mailing list now.

This season, I'm going to do a side by side comparison of the new (reformulated) Tomato Tone vs Tomatoes Alive.


Here is another review that I found:

I've used their Tomatoes Alive and Veggies Alive and was impressed with both. I had measurably higher yields on the tomatoes that year.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/...410027774.html

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Thanks, Kevin - especially for the sale link. I looked everywhere on their usual catalog and still could not find the sale. I've taken advantage of your info and ordered the 3 lb. size as that come to about $3.20/lb compared to the largest size of 7 lbs., which is about $3.50/lb.

I'm all for saving pennies AND dollars. Including S&H, it comes to a little less than $4 per lb. when I ordered 4.
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yeah, that's what I was saying on the pricing, the 3 is the best price
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