soil contamination - Knowledgebase Question

central square, Ne
Question by ibecraft
April 25, 2010
I have a raised bed veg. garden. I rotate crops yearly. What do you suggest to rid the soil that has been damaged by last years tomato virus?


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Answer from NGA
April 25, 2010

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Some tomato viruses persist in the soil and others are transmitted by insects and not remain in the soil so your best defense this year is to amend the soil with compost or other organic matter and plant your tomatoes (and other nightshade family veggies) in a different area of your garden this year. Be sure to choose the most disease resistant tomato plants (check the back of the seed package or the plant tags on transplants - disease resistance will be mentioned). Best wishes with your garden!

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