November blog pic1It is November, and our growing season here in Flagstaff is over.  Now is the best time to get my tomato-growing containers ready for next spring.  Tomato diseases can remain in the soil for up to three years, re-infecting new plants, so it is best to change out the soil and disinfect the containers annually.  I remove all the old potting soil from the containers and dump it onto an area of the garden where I  will not be growing any nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, potatoes, etc.)

novblogpic2The containers are then washed with soap and water, rinsed, scrubbed with a diluted bleach solution, thoroughly rinsed again, and allowed to dry in the sun.  They are now ready for new soil.




Contributed by Jim Mast