Is it okay to plant my tomatoes in the same spot as last year? Is this a problem or should I do something to the soil before I plant?
Unfortunately these days not everyone has the luxury of space and large gardens to rotate their plants every year. You can successfully grow tomatoes in the same spot, but you will have to improve the soil immensely before planting. Growing tomatoes (or other crops) in the same position each year does deplete the soil of the nutrients they need and there is a higher risk of disease. Prepare your soil first before planting by digging in plenty of Daltons Compost and Daltons Premium Garden Mix. These will add much needed nutrients back into the soil and help with moisture retention. Because you are planting in the same spot, it’s also worth adding in Daltons Organic Bio-Fungicide Granules as a natural preventative against disease causing pathogens.
Feed your plants every 3-4 weeks throughout the growing period with Daltons Tomato Fert. It is very important to mulch around the base of your tomato plants as this will prevent the soil from drying out. Tomatoes require a lot of water, especially around fruiting time; the key is to be consistent and regular with your watering, whether it is a deep watering three times a week or daily watering for shorter periods.
TOP TIP: Stake your tomato plants to provide support. Use old panty-hose to tie plants to support structures without damaging the stem.