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vermicompost for treating diseased soil? 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 0  
I have worm compost pits loaded with worms and I was wondering if shoveling in rich soil (but "used" and therefore possibly contaminated with pathogens) would be somewhat "disinfected" by worm activity?

For example, I grow tomatoes in containers and at the end of summer, they get somewhat diseased. It is not advised to plant tomatoes again in the same place for a couple of years, so I was wondering if whether worm activity in the bed would prevent me from having to just dispose of this &quot;used&quot; soil. I was thinking that maybe if I mixed the soil in and let the worms work through it for a couple of months, it might clean it up a bit? Hopefully, you guys understand what I am getting at.<br><br>Post edited by: ecofarmer, at: 2008/11/15 20:59
 
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Re:vermicompost for treating diseased soil? 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 5  
My guess would be that worms would not eliminate pathagens in the soil. However, I'm not convinced that your tomatos are actually diseased. Tomatos do die in the fall, and they get tired and they might mildew or otherwise look bad. Commercial tomatos plants get disked in at the end of the season. The farmers only plant tomatos two years in a row, then they plant something like wheat because tomatos are hard on the soil because they take out the nutrients... the worms would be good as fixing that issue.
 
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Re:vermicompost for treating diseased soil? 9 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 11  
give it a try sounds like you might have an idea there. you will never know if it will work unless you try it.
 
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Re:vermicompost for treating diseased soil? 5 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 0  
I don't think worm was the culprit of your diseased tomatoes. Actually they're fertilized your soil. What you need is some kind of pesticide or fungicide. Determine any symptoms you can find on the tomatoes, get some info about it and you'll know what kind of treatment can be applied to. Good luck.
 
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