Re: [gardeners] Re: Mycorrhiza questions...

Allen and Judy Merten (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 20:19:13 -0500

Hi Margaret,
    Thanks for the information. Many times it has been quite a juggling act to
try to rotate plantings so I can replant other things in say June like peanuts,
sweet potatos, sunflowers and Southern Peas. Part of the problem is winding up
with plants that are still producing in the middle of where I need to till etc.
Its a pain to work around those islands. Will this work for peppers, also?
Bastrop Co.,Tx

Margaret Lauterbach wrote:

> At 11:36 PM 10/19/98 -0500, you wrote:
> >Hi Gardeners,
> >    I have found that I can plant tomatos in the same area if I have to
> >as long as I plant resistant varieties and do not have a nematode problem
> >to begin with. I prefer to rotate my tomatos as well as other crops
> >because I have enough room. For the average home gardeners this may not
> >be a viable option. I have used MEDINA which is touted as a soil
> >stimulator. It seemed to improve results in soil with a poor tilth and a
> >poor response to fertilizer.
> >    Allen
> >    Bastrop Co.,Tx
> >    Zone 8
> >
> Allen, I have room to rotate tomatoes, but not the desire.  New research
> indicates tomato roots exude something that prepares the way for tomatoes
> again.  As long as I don't have soil-borne diseases in my tomato patch, I
> see no reason to plant them elsewhere.  They do very well right there, and
> there's a bit of shade that may be deterring beet leafhoppers from visiting
> (and bringing in curly top virus that is also a gardeners' plague in at
> least west Texas).  It might be interesting for you to plant tomatoes again
> in the same spot you had them the previous year and see how they do.  Best,
> Margaret