I've decided to plunge into gardening this year.* I'm in a condo, facing east, and have planted cherry tomato plants in containers.* A few leaves on the bottom of one plant have*turned yellow with a few grey/black spots.* Do I snip off those leaves?* What could this be?* Fungus?
Also, would someone be so kind*to explain the difference between fertilizer and plant food?* What should I be giving my tomatoes, and when?* I have transplanted them about May 12th (I know, risk of frost)..I'm in Canada.* I watered the plants as soon as they were transplanted.* Then I gave them water every day, for 7 days, and now, I will be watering 2 or 3 times a week.* I got this watering schedule from another website I was on.* Have I over-watered already?
I have also planted bush peas in containers on May 19.* Do I give them fertilizer or plant food, or both?* How often do I water them?* I understand that peas can tolerate harsher conditions than tomatoes, true?
Can I make my own compost of only egg shells and feed that to my peas and tomatoes in between commercially prepared plant food and/or fertilizer? I know watering in the eary AM is better.* My containers do have a hole to allow for drainage.* Is it OK to bring them inside it it suddenly gets really cold?
Thank yo so much!