Tomato Plants
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problems with growing tomatoes and peppers

Zone 5 | Anonymous added on September 23, 2016 | Answered

I am in New York (Zone 5) and I have had a garden for about 5 years and have not been successful in growing tomatoes and peppers. My first year I did have some tomatoes and a pepper or two but now I cannot get the plants to grow a little before the leaves start to yellow and die off. Within 3 weeks after planting my tomato plants, 3 were basically dead. I went to a garden store and purchased large mature plants to replace the ones that were dead. I sprayed natural insecticide and fungicide but after another three weeks they began to wither and die. Between and around these plants I planted green onions, zucchini and pole string beans that have produced very well (still picking string beans). I am not sure if I have some sort of fungus, blight, disease or soil problem. I am thinking of getting rid of the garden soil and replacing it. How deep should I go? Any thoughts? Joe

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    Downtoearthdigs
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on September 24, 2016

    I have listed several links to help you pinpoint the issues.
    You very well may have a soil born virus or bacteria that has contaminated the garden soil. Crop rotation is important in the vegetable garden.
    Solarizing the garden is a way to help prevent some diseases from occurring.
    I would recommend a soil test. This will take the guess work out of what your soil may be missing or have to much of such as Nitrogen.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-diseases.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-plant-problems.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pepper/pepper-problems.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm

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