The Q&A Archives: Amending Soil for Tomatoes

Question: I am planting tomatoes this week. Should I buy new dirt to plant them? Scott Trusty Stamford, CT

Answer: It's always a good idea to amend the soil prior to planting with composted manure. You can buy bags of it at local garden centers. Mix in a few shovelfuls per plant when you dig the holes. The compost will give the plant nutrients, as well as provide a good growing environment for the tomatoes. It's also a good idea to rotate where you plant the tomatoes each year. Never plant them in the same place two or three years in a row because disease organisms can build up in the soil and attack the plants. Place other crops such as beans or lettuce in that location.

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