I guess I should finally ask this question instead of struggling year after year.
I am new to this---and have been reading this forum for answers to basic stuff and realized how many things I do wrong!
Oh well!.....on to the issue at hand.
I grew tomatoes in the ground and in pots(18 inch deep ones with good drainage).
First year, I got great tomatoes in the ground(Phoenix area) from Mar-June.
Got great tomatoes in the pots too during this time.
Now, I cant seem to get either right.
Both my in-ground and potted ones grew too leggy, didn't give much fruit--although they stayed alive. These were roma, big beef, early girls etc.
I don't usually mulch/compost, but I do water them correctly, fertilize them every 2-3 weeks with fish emulsion, give them 6+ hours of sunshine(morning sun usually), plant them deep, prune of the lower branches, stake them with support etc etc...
What should I do with
1. The in-ground soil? I do keep adding fresh bags and mixing it in every year.
2. The potted soil? This is fresh from 6 months ago and have had only 1 season of unsuccessful plants through it. Can I reuse it again?
In either case, I usually have very few issues with tomato diseases, or worms etc. Just didn't grow healthy thick stems with fruit.
Funny thing is the first year---I did none of this and I got over 30-40 tomatoes per plant--easy!