Re: Help! My tomatoes are dying

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Posted by A Container Vegetable GArdener on March 18, 2003 at 14:04:26:

In Reply to: Help! My tomatoes are dying posted by amy on June 22, 2002 at 09:14:37:

As far as I know, cedar mulch won't do anything to tomatoes. As far as planting tomatoes where peppers were, tomatoes and peppers are the same general family and are subject to similar diseases and pests. In regualar gardens, gardeners often don't plant this plant family in the same spot two years in a row for this reason. What you did was in effect, planting the same crop family two years in a row in the same place.
Buying new soil and completely washing out the pot might take care of any disease problems. Also, check the usual stuff like sunlight and temperature. The fourth tomato plant probably just got lucky and survived. Was it of a different variety than the others? Did it have more more disease resistance?
Also check to see if the plants were killed by a late frost in the spring. Otherwise, all I can recommend is to start with fresh soil each year (an advantage of container gardening), especially if you are planting the same crop family two years in a row.

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