Mumsey’s mix

A special member of our Organic Gardening magazine forum, who goes by the lovely name of Mumsey, has offered up for years  what she calls, “Mumsey’s Magical Mix,” which you add to the planting hole of your tomatoes for spectacular production. Here it is:


1 cup cornmeal

1 cup whole powdered milk

1 cup bonemeal

¼ cup epsom salts

 Add ½ to 2/3 cup to each tomato planting hole. Some add an aspirin to each. More on that to follow.

 In six weeks, side-dress with the same mix, but omit the epsom salts and add low nitrogen fish emulsion, such as 2-4-1. 

It also works with peppers and eggplant, two other members of the nightshade family.


About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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1 Response to Mumsey’s mix

  1. Lenora says:

    I’m attempting to plant a garden for the first time and have found the literature I’ve read so far to be confusing and not clear enough for someone who is a complete beginner. I’m glad I came across your blog because you put things in much simpler terms. I’m excited to see what else you write about and to hopefully see my garden grow!

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