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Apr 14, 2018 8:57 AM CST
St. Louis, MO
I have a small garden that I primarily plant bell peppers and tomatoes. For the last 2 years, the tomato plants do not produce and they do not get green and lush. The plants only grow enough to end up looking sick, like yellow sticks with a few sad leaves on them. Barely any tomatoes come from them. My simple vinegar and baking soda tests don't either produce any bubbles, so I am not sure what to add to my soil.
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Apr 14, 2018 8:25 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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When you plant tomatoes or peppers (or any other vegetable) in the same spot year after year, all the nutrients are depleted from the soil. Its time for a compete overhaul. Dig in some compost, manure, garden soil and a well balanced ferilizer in copious amounts. Hopefully, this will be a better summer.
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Apr 14, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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heathanddonna said:... I am not sure what to add to my soil.


You can get your soil tested at the local county cooperative extension; it only costs a few bucks. They will tell you what your soil needs.

I would add compost, composted manure, compost, and um, more compost.

Are you using some kind of fertilizer? Fertilizer can sometimes be a bad thing if the plants are stressed.

Have you taken any photos? That might help us to see what you are dealing with.
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Apr 15, 2018 2:41 AM CST
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Also diseases to particular plants can accumulate in the soil. It is best to change what you plant in one spot year by year. I have 6 raised beds and rotate where I plant my tomatoes and peppers each year. Which naturally makes me change where I grow my cole crops and beans each year as well. I learned that if I move the tomatoes, it makes all the others crops move too.

This may sound really simpe, but each Fall, I put the tomato cages on the bed I grew them in that year. So I know not to plant them there. And I generally shift them clockwise around the 6 beds.
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