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    Quote Originally Posted by Veggieman View Post
    If the whole plant went brown, it was probably blight, and I would be wary about growing tomatoes or potatoes in it for a few years
    Tomatoes / Potatoes will be fine in it, provided that there are no small spuds left behind which then start sprouting (if there are, and they do, just pull them out - under no circumstances let them continue to grow). Blight only survives in living plant tissue.

    That said, "crop rotation" is preferred as different crops will make different demands on the soil. But I find, in containers, it is hard to keep the compost separated from one crop to the next. I tend to tip the smaller containers into one big dustbin, and it all gets mixed up and reused ... although I suppose that is a sort of crop rotation, mixing the soil across various crops.

    Any soil-borne disease, such as Clubroot or Onion White Rot, needs more careful handling (disposal would be best), but they would be rare in a container system - importing and planting infected plants would be pretty much the only route to infection.
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    I will grow tomato in flower tub this year and at the end of the seasons I will put in the potato bed so that bed will not be used for the next 4 year( I mean after harvested the spuds). Compost. Expensive and doing that I will fill all the bed in the next 4 years for free lol. I'll recycle the compost bad grow the path as well. Make your penny worth it.

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    I have read that you should keep strawberries well away from any soil that had previously been used for tomatoes.

    I don't know ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinM67 View Post
    I have read that you should keep strawberries well away from any soil that had previously been used for tomatoes.

    I don't know ??
    Yes, me too. They can both be infected by fusarium wilt.

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    I have a dedicated tomato compost composter. I layer fine garden waste with shredded paper with the compost out of my tom containers, stick it in a composter for 18 months and then re-use it. Blight etc is well dead by then, and to be honest I've never suffered anyway. A bit of BFNB and it's as good as new multi-purpose.

    The ONLY reason I don't re-use directly is that tom roots are so dense that I can't be bothered to break up the pot contents and riddle. I let the composting process do it for me.

    If I threw away all my precious compost every year I calculated I'd need about 1000 litres for all my pots. Even at the cheapest rate going that is 50 every year and the thought of carrying those big 125l compost bags is enough to put me off regardless of the price. Through re-use and sensible garden composting I am currently down to about 250l of compost a year.

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    I riddle mine, add a bit of growmore and BFAB, give it a good mix, then bag it up in old compost bags and leave outside all winter to percolate. I use it for everything other than toms which get fresh each year.

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