The Q&A Archives: Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Question: I was wondering if it was necessary to aerate the soil in any of my vegetables that I am growing in containers on my balcony. I have tomatoes and green bell peppers.

Answer: Assuming the soil in your containers includes ample organic matter, there should already be sufficient air space in the soil mix. If you have used the soil in previous years, it is possible that it has become depleted and should be replaced or at least amended with more organic matter. In general, the soil in containers will settle and compact over time in addition to becoming depleted so it is a good idea to replace or improve it regularly.

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