tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by gramchek2001
April 12, 2010
I've planted my tomato plants in the same spot for the last 3 years,I have a very small planting area. They didn't do well the last 2 yrs. leaves turned yellow and fell off. I'm guessing i have to find a different location.Any advice well be greatly appreciated

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2010
We recommend rotating your crops to different areas of the garden to thwart insect and disease problems. If you give the soil a rest, any insects or overwintering pathogens lurking there ready to pounce on your new tomato plants will be sorely disappointed. If you simply don't have room to rotate your crops the next best thing is to heavily amend the soil with organic matter prior to planting. Compost and other organic matter will help rebuild the soil and add nutrients that your tomato plants may have depleated. And, to help even further, be sure to plant disease resistant tomato plants. The plant tags (or seed package) will indicate the diseases the plants are bred to be resistant to). Hope this information helps.

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