Last year I had a terrible time with disease, so this year I'm growing only hybrid disease resistant tomatoes in my garden and I'm growing my precious heirlooms in large pots.
I found some very large,( I would guess 20 gallon) plastic pots. I put in about 6 inches of wheat staw, soaked it with water and kept turning it for about a week, until it was starting to rot.
I then found a source for composted horse, goat, chicken and rabbit manure, (all grown organically!) that has been composting with wood chips for a year or two.
I filled all the pots with the compost and I've ordered worms, (I figured they won't be able to get into the pots on their own) and I'm planning on putting in my heirlooms this week.
Now a friend tells me that tomatoes shouldn't be grown in pure compost-that I should have mixed with top soil. Is this true? The manure is thoroughly composted-it looks like very rich, velvety soft earth-just a few larger wood chips still have not broken down. But did I make a mistake? Should I add anything else?