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Tomato cover crop?

Q&A

This was my first year growing tomatoes, but I don’t have additional space with adequate light to grow them elsewhere next year. I have heard that in lieu of crop rotation, it’s possible to plant a cover crop over the winter that will minimize tomato diseases/pests next year. Any ideas of what to sow? - Bill -

Comments

  1. 6 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Bill. If you do not have space to rotate your tomato crop I don’t think that planting a cover crop, or “green manure”, will really do much for you in terms of disease management on next year’s crop. Many people are successful replanting tomatoes in the same areas each year so you might just give it a try and see what happens. If your tomatoes did not have much disease this year you may be just fine. If you did have an issue with disease, be sure to select tomato plants that are disease resistant for next year’s planting. Be sure to clean out the tomato bed really well this Fall, discarding all plant material. Good luck with your future efforts.

    Ruth Coleman JOCO EMG

  2. 6 months, 1 week ago

    Bill, Here is the link to a fine discussion of Cover Crops, written from K-State on Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers: http://www.soilandhealth.org/03sov/0302hsted/covercropskansasstate.pdf

    Although the use of cover crops as a disease suppressant is still being studied, cover crops are very useful for good soil health and weed control.

    Good question. Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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