Compost - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, Ne
Question by dmarino1
October 16, 2010
I am burying tomatoes I did not use for consmption purpose along with other food garbage. My question I am going to grow tomatoes in the same spot will this effect my soil for the upcoming groth I have heard u can't grow the same plant in the same spot the following year is there any truth in that.


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Answer from NGA
October 16, 2010

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As long as the tomato plants are not diseased you can compost them. Burying them in the ground will allow them to decompose over the next few months. Be sure to cut them into small pieces so they will decompose rapidly. Planting your tomatoes in the same spot is probably safe - as long as the previous year's plants were not diseased. There is some truth in the caution to rotate your crops, especially plants in the nightshade family which include tomatoes, eggplants, etc. Doing this will assure overwintering insects or diseases won't be able to pounce on your new plants when you replant in the spring. Research also shows that some plants deplete the soil of certain nutrients. Rotating your crops helps give your soil a rest and time to rebuild its reserves. Working some compost into the garden bed prior to planting next spring will also help restore nutrients to the soil. Hope this answers all your questions.

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