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Soil for tomatoes

Posted by Sadler19 zone 9 (My Page) on
Sat, May 10, 14 at 18:16

I am currently growing tomatoes in 5-gallon buckets and in a raised bed. They are doing very well. I am thinking ahead. What do I do with the soil in the buckets? Can I reuse it for other veggies, throw it away, amend it, or what? What about the soil in the raised bed? What can I do to it to make it usable?


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RE: Soil for tomatoes

I reuse all of my soil. You can mix it with fresh soil.


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RE: Soil for tomatoes

Thanks for the reply, Zackey. No worries about tomato diseases?


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Thanks for the reply, Zackey. No worries about tomato diseases?


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I NEVER throw soil away. If there was a disease in the pot or raised bed,I make certain the soil gos into a special compost bin that will not be used for 2 or more years. In the ground,I rotate crops. My thinking is that most disease can only survive in host plant material. The extra time in a bin assures total composting. I don't hold hard and fast to rotation but try to as best I can. That is to say I don't plant the same thing in a spot,be it pot,raised bed or in the ground. Not only does that help with disease prevention,nutrients are alowed to stabilize as well.


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Is that actually soil or is it a soilless potting mix?
If actually garden soil you can simply put it back where it came from. If it is a soilless potting mix you could out it into the garden as a soil amendment or mulch or you could compost it.


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