Soil Problems

Asked July 11, 2017, 10:28 AM EDT

Hello. I am having horrible trouble with both late blight and septoria leaf spot in my garden. I am wondering if there is a way I can get the soil back to a healthy tomato plant environment by next spring. Do I need to let the soil sit for a few years to finally eliminate all the problems? I've been having trouble for the past 6 years, and this year I thought I was careful and preventative by laying down new top soil and spreading mulch under my tomatoes, but no luck. Is there some type of chemical I can put in this fall that will kill it and make it safe to plant next year? Is there somewhere I can send in my soil to have someone analyze it for the best way to take care of it?

Crow Wing County Minnesota

1 Response

There is nothing that you can add or put on your soil to fix it. It will take time, 3-4 years of growing no tomatoes or anything else in that family, such as peppers, eggplant or potatoes, in that location. Here is info about those problems and rotating your crops. . . Here is the link to the soil testing lab also.