Worse tomatoe plants ever?
The last couple of years my tomatoe plants
have grown shorter and shorter. Also not
getting near as many tomatoes. I only have
a small plot and can not rotate crops.
What to do to get better plants next year?
or if you don't have a ready source of aged poop compost will do, or if you
don't have a ready source of compost aged poop will do. I
f you have neither simply piling spray free grass clippings on the soil for
several months prior to planting will help, throw in some used coffee
grounds as well, some leaves as well. Give a few months for it to break down
and then plant. Not absolutely scientific but better than doing nowt. It all
adds organic matter into the soil that will benefit the soil. I did a raised
garden last year with grass clippings, coffee grounds, some old hay, old
bits of wool, paper, a bit of fresh poop & a layer of soil over the top.
Left it a few months & planted tomatos into it, they did fine.
Do you ever amend the soil with fertilizers and mulch? As you remove the plants
and the fruit every season, you are depleting the energy of the soil. You
coluld have some sort of pathogen in the soil, but I would focus on the
If your garden is small and you can't rotate very much, follow
the previous post. Also keep in mind that when you till a garden
continously, You create a hard pack in the soil where the bottom of
tiller blades press down the soil creating a hardpack or pan very
dense in nature. Take your garden fork or spade and turn this over
loosening that hard pan. The hardpan doesn't let the roots to go deep
enough. and fully spread out.
I plant my tomatoes at least 7 in. deep in loose soil and since
I have my garden either plowed or deep dug. The roots of my tomatoes
in the fall garden clean up can be 12-20 in. deep. By the way my
garden is medium in size 80ft x 300ft., and I have over 190 tomatoes
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