Re: [tomato] Questions about soil

Thomas Giannou (
Sat, 3 Jul 1999 11:07:16 -0700

Dear Tantrika,

That may be true in certain parts of the country, but I have been planting
tomatoes and peppers in the same location for several years and haven't
noticed any problem.  Of course, I use mycorrhiza with my plants and a good
organic fertilizer and rock dust every now and then to put minerals into the
soil.   I also mix in a small amount of well aged steer manure every other

This year my plants are slow because of the lingering cool weather, but they
are a nice deep dark green and are blooming and making progress.

Best Regards,
Thomas Giannou
Spokane, Washington

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From: Tantrika <>
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Sent: Saturday, July 03, 1999 9:54 AM
Subject: [tomato] Questions about soil

> I've heard, and seen, that planting tomatoes or peppers over and over
> in the same area eventually makes that bed unuseable for planting tomatoes
> or peppers again in that soil after a few years.  So my questions are,
> exactly does it 1. take out or 2. put in that makes the soil bad, and what
> would be an addenda to the soil to lengthen or re-nourish it?  I do try to
> roatate the crops around but next year is gonna be hard because most of my
> beds have peppers and tomatoes in them (goin for salsa! and sauces!), and
> want to be able to plant peppers and tomatoes next year as well!  So short
> of depriving myself of an abundant harvest of my favorite veggies next
> year, what is an alternative?
> Additionally I have three beds that are the most suited for both tomatoes
> and peppers because they get the most sun and heat.  So I would probably
> want to use them yearly for those crops.