Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Rome, NY
Question by NCONTI10
October 12, 2000
HOW CAN I INRICH MY SOIL FOR PLANTING TOMATOE PLANTS NEXT YEAR, I HAVE PLANTED THEM IN THE SAME PLACE FOR 3 YEARS, AND I THINK THE SOIL IS IN NEED OF HELP.


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Answer from NGA
October 12, 2000

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Tomatoes like a rich soil that is evenly moist and yet well drained. The first thing to do would be to run some basic soil tests and see what, if anything, the soil is lacking. Then add any specific amendments based on the test results. Next, adding organic matter (such as compost, rotted leaves, well aged stable manure and bedding and so on) is always a good idea as it improves the structure and helps the soil hold both water and air. In general, it is not a good idea to plant tomatoes in the same place year after year. Apart from the fertility issue, you also risk a build up of pests or diseases in the soil in that spot. For these reasons, most gardeners use a three year or better yet a five year rotation program to try to mimimize those problems.

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