The Q&A Archives: Clay soil augmentation to grow Tomatoes ?

Question: I moved to Charlotte N.C in late 2005. I planted tomatoes in 2006 and they were awful. This year I want to amend the soil with Manure, topsoil and whatever else I need for a 6 ft.x6 ft. area. What do you recommend?

Answer: Organic matter will loosen up your clay soil. Use compost, aged manure, peat moss or even shredded leaves and spread a 4-5" layer over the top of the entire bed. Then dig it in to a depth of 8-10". Plant your tomato plants in this amended soil and you should have good yields. Some of the best cultivars for your growing region include Better Boy, Whopper, Celebrity, and Mountain Pride. Better Boy, Celebrity, and Whopper are VFN, which means they carry resistance to verticillium wilt, fusarium wilt, and root-knot nematodes. It is best to experiment with several varieties in order to find the ideal tomato for your taste buds.

Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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