Re: Preparing for Spring (Tomatoes)



Get a soil test now. Once you know what you have now you will be able to determine what you need to add, For example if your soil is too acid then the winter is the best time to add ground limestone to correct.it and there are other amendments that can be added now that will build a store of essential elements and also amendments that can improve the texture--you can do a lot of things in the off season that will lead to a better season next year.If you live in the US contact your local extension service for soil test help,
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Frankhartx wrote:

That is a 100% correct answer. If you get antsy while waiting for a soil test to come back, add compost, plant rhizobacteria-treated peas or beans (will boost available nitrogen in the soil) as a cover crop. Till-in or mow and leave on the surface when cold-killed.dig shallow (18") trenches to fill in with kitchen scraps through the winter -- cover with straw until spring and then backfill with dirt and plant where the trench was or else plant between them if you a squeamish.
But, above all else, get at least a DIY pH test and preferably a full-tilt soil laboratory analysis. The money you spend will likely be recouped (and then some) in the money you save by not buying unneeded supplements and the increased production you will gain by applying the amendments your soil actually _does_ need. You may even find that your soil needs nothing more than that quick planting of peas. (Treat the seed, sprinkle on worked ground, rake in.)
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