Best Soil for tomatoes to grown in - Knowledgebase Question

Question by GERDROSIE
March 16, 2010
Have raised beds. Current soil very dry, contains compost material (newspapers, kitchen scraps). What additional soil to put in and mix with to retain moisture? Will place tarp over soil to prevent weed growth between plants

Answer from NGA
March 16, 2010


You can mix in some aged manure to help loosen the dry soil and add topsoil (sold bagged at your local garden center) if there's more organic matter and clay than real soil in your raised beds. You'll want a nice textured soil for your tomatoes so mix together what you have plus some manure and topsoil and your tomatoes should be happy. I like the idea of covering the bed with weed block fabric and cutting slits or X's for your plants. This will give you a nice, weed free garden. Hope you have a great harvest!

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