Your question: Just wondering: how often should molasses be applied to garden soil?
could this not attract ants - being molasses are sugar based?
Answer: Tomatoes need a steady supply of energy and will not produce well under conditions of too much then not enough of water or anything else !
An application of molasses may benefit the tomatoes under certain conditions?
If the soil is low organic matter soil and has been mulched with mulch that has a high Nitrogen to Carbon ratio, one may apply a very lite amount of molasses along with water to keep the mulch soaked and cause the plant to take in more Nitrogen ! Too much Nitrogen can Cause NO blossoms to set !
But, if too much BSM is used each time it may temporarily stop the flow of Nitrogen into the plant?
By adding BSM to the soil in very small amounts one can Cause the bacteria in the soil to produce Hugh amounts of Nitrogen for the plants growing, if one has Live Soil with bacteria ! This can be Good or Bad depending if the plants need this extra Nitrogen and if the plants can get enough of the other needed Alkaline Minerals to match this amount of Nitrogen?
Using BSM to feed plants and have Success will require one to learn how the plant you are trying to grow will react to the application !
For plants have growing cycles needing Nitrogen in Balance with the Alkaline Minerals taken in !
As it turns out then, it may not be what I need to do?
I am trying to increase the fruit production, and was making 2 gallon jug of water with one half fish (about 2 lbs), 1 tsp calcium hydroxyde, 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt and 1/4 cup of molasses.
After one week, I was going to mix about 1/2 cup of this fish emulsion to a gallon of water and add to the soil.
What happened, we had a lot of rain and the tomatoes got a lot of green, which has been cut back, and are now trying to get some more fruit from the plants which are very healthy. (Upside down) Some weeds snuck in with the herbs that we planted - when taken out, appeared to have stolen a lot of nutrients (deeeep root systems)
Can you then advise on what is the best way to get more flowers and fruit? (same goes for the flower beds: lots of green.)
Thank you once again for your thoughts and advice!!!
PS: finally started some vegetable gardening at least!!!!:)
and BTW: the herbs may have grown a bit too fast but are delish!