tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

huntington beach, Ca
Question by rileyhbsocal
March 25, 2010
i plant tomatoes every year in april for my dad's birthday.the last few years we haven't been getting a very good harvest from our 8 different plants. what do i need to do to prepare the soil? have also tried just buying plants in his area,chino ca. it doesn't seem to matter

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010


It may be that your soil is depleted. You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start this spring by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the vegetable bed. You can use compost, aged manure (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your veggies and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular garden. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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