I've just put in a new vegetable garden. After I planted the strawberries
I noticed that the container said not to plant them where tomatoes have
been grown within the last three years. Why can't you plant strawberries
on the same land as tomatoes? How far apart do they have to be?
They share several soil-borne diseases that overwinter in the soil that
would be a problem especially in damp climates. Personally, I would put
as much distance as possible between them.
This is the reason I grow my tomatoes and potatoes in containers. The
soil is never used again with any vegetables and the plant parts are
never composted, so there's no risk of passing on these diseases to
wilt, which also infects tomatoes. (And, since many modern varieties
of tomatoes were selected to resist/tolerate verticillium wilt, it may be
possible to have it in your soil without having seen really obvious signs in.)
Verticillium wilt of strawberry:
"The fungus can be introduced into uninfested soil on seed, tools and farm
machinery, and in the soil and roots of transplants."
"Do not plant susceptible strawberry cultivars in soil where tomato,
peppers, potato, eggplant, melons, okra, mint, brambles, stone fruits,
chrysanthemums, rose or related susceptible crops have grown for the
past five years."
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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On Fri, 09 Jun 2006 13:19:05 -0500, Pat Kiewicz wrote:
Thanks, I'll move them to the other edge of the garden. I've let this land
lay fallow for 20 years so the soil should be clean at them moment,
however I've put in several dozen tomato plants as well as some peppers,
basil, oregano and rosemary (it's a spaghetti sauce garden). I'll move the
strawberries about 10 feet.
Set new plants 24" apart. Not to worry about the large initial spacing b/c
the mother plants will send out plenty of daughter plants and fill in the
bed nicely after one year and completely after two.
Take good care to keep them well tended during the summer. Come September,
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