Is it okay to plant tomato plants in the same spot every year?

Janet Ducharme
by Janet Ducharme
I have an 8x8 garden fenced in with 4 posts and chicken wire around it to keep my dog out.

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  • Marcie Marcie on May 17, 2017

    It is best to rotate the area each year where you plant the tomatos. They take out nutrients that need to be replenished. Even in an 8x8 area, you can move them around every year.

  • Technically you are supposed to rotate your crops. Not everyone has the room to do this. In the off season, I would still continue to turn the soil and add in lots of good compost to replenish the nutrients the soil needs. You will be able to tell by the yield from year to year. Does this help any?

  • Karen Pearson Karen Pearson on May 17, 2017

    i always do. I have an area with full sun & easy access to water, so they're easy to care for. After the end of the season, I do pull the dead vines, & they go in the compost pile. I've had them in the same spot for 16 yrs now, they've always done great!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2017

    vegetables need to be rotated every year to prevent disease

  • Lavonne Lavonne on May 17, 2017

    It is best to rotate them every year or so. I learned this the hard way because the soil in my garden got a virus that invaded my tomatoes. When I left it fallow for a year, I didn't have the problem when I next planted.

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    • Janet Ducharme Janet Ducharme on May 17, 2017

      Thank you. Maybe I will do potted tomatoes and next year use the garden

  • Pam Kneebone Pam Kneebone on May 17, 2017

    Planting in the same spot encourages diseased dirt. One tomato disease I had once ,I read I could not plant in same spot for 10 years! It also depletes the nutrients for the tomato. No more than 2-3 years in the same spot. I would encourage some plastic for gardens around the bases of plants as so many diseases are caused from rain splashing on the dirt then getting on plants.

  • Bulldog Bulldog on May 18, 2017

    it is best to rotate but if that is the only area you have just make sure to put in some compost from time to time to replenish the nutrients of the soil