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I mistakenly thought that Early Girl was nematode resistant, only now I discover only the bush variety and I planted the indeterminate variety. No wonder the size dropped off dramatically. I'm peeved that some local nurseries do not state disease resistance on the label. The staff generally is not knowledgeable about local issues. I only have 2 beds with enough sun for tomatoes and replacing the soil is just too much right now. Container gardening and throwing away soil is starting to look like a better option. Planting winter veggies soon in this spot.

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You may need to use your cell phone before you check out if the nursery isn't up to snuff on knowledge.
That's a real bummer.

RavenCT Level 9 Oct 12, 2019
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I have gone almost exclusively to containers, I sit on austin chalk, so almost no soil, springs are wet, followed by parched hot dry summer and indeterminate fall, so moving pots around are my only viable option.

glennlab Level 9 Oct 12, 2019

Definitely starting to shop for good bargains on end of season big pots. Afternoon shade is required here, even for 'full sun' plants. Yet the winter veggies need all day sun. Moving pots with a hand truck makes more sense every growing season.

@CrazyQuilter I use a lott of muck buckets and large totes, I drill a hole about 4 inches above the bottom so that the early spring rains will drain , but it will hold water, then I fill to just above that line with landscaping bark mix (about dime sized and smaller pieces. Them my compost mix above that. The bottom holes in most pots allow them to dry out way to quickly in summer months (May-Sept)

@glennlab I repurposed tubs and tanks when I stopped keeping horses. An old washing machine tub was perfect. But they were too heavy to move. Not sure if I could move a muck bucket full of soil from shade to sun with my hand truck. My back is now too wimpy to drag heavy things around.