Should I prepare my soil with manure after growing tomatoes ?

shashi123August 13, 2014


I have a small patch in a community garden. I prepared the soil with cow manure before I started growing vegetables. I had a good harvest of plum tomatoes. I was wondering if I should add manure to the soil again for fall crops,given that I had a good yield. Also is it a good idea to grow lettuce, spinach or broccoli in the tomatoes spot?

I had another question. The last two batches of tomatoes that i got from my plants have some problem. The tomatoes start developing flat dents as they ripen? And it slowly turns black on those spots. Is this some kind of a disease.? When i cut the affected part tomato it looks ok.

This is my very first time gardening. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!!


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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

As long as the manure is composted go ahead and use it. I wouldn't want fresh manure anywhere near what I plan on eating. And depending on where you are, the first frost could be coming in just a couple months. So there's not much time left to get a fall garden planted (and it might be too late for broccoli but again it depends on where you are).

Sounds like your tomatoes have blossom end rot (BER). I suggest you do a search about it over on the Tomato Forum.


    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:04AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Agree that we need to know where you live as that tells us what your climate is like. That tells you how far ahead of planting you would add the manure.

Also agree that you should never use fresh manure anywhere in a food garden. Use well-aged, composted manures only. This is especially important when growing low level crops like lettuce and other things where the edible parts will come into direct contact with the soil.

Plus community gardens will usually have guidelines for when you can add/use manures.

So could you provide us with more information please?


    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:23AM
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Assuming you used composted manure, then yes, it wouldn't hurt to add more for a second crop in the same year - if you still have time. . And yes, you can grow those crops in the same place you grew tomatoes previously.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:06PM
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