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Tomatoes and their need for water

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I started May 28th planting 4 tomatoes around a garbage can with holes drilled in the bottom rim and a second row up about 10 inches. I buried the can to where the top holes just barely were above the ground, put in two shovels full of compost, then I fill the can up with water ever 2 days and tried not to water the leaves.
These four plants are now 5 ft 4 inches in less that a month and a half and loaded with green tomatoes and about a hundred sets of tomato blossoms.
  • tomatoes and their need for water, gardening, May 28th 2012
May 28th 2012
  • tomatoes and their need for water, gardening, End of June toping the 3 ft cage
End of June toping the 3 ft cage
  • tomatoes and their need for water, gardening, July 9th after a week of record high temps and very little rain the plants here are loaded with tomatoes inside the cage and full of blooms too
July 9th after a week of record high temps and very little rain...the plants here are loaded with tomatoes inside the cage and full of blooms too!
  • Sanctuary1953
    Sanctuary1953
    on Jul 30, 2017

    I think this might be an excellent idea in the South. Miss one day of watering and it's hard to come back. I live in GA and have tried to grow tomatoes several time with no luck, I will give this a try. Thanks!

  • Tim-J-Samuels
    Tim-J-Samuels New Zealand
    on Aug 2, 2017

    Nice growth, it looks like a wicker system and will need the bucket holes about 30cm under ground.

  • Jenmick99
    Jenmick99
    on Aug 7, 2017

    Cannot grow in Houston. They got room. Wayer as needed. Sun with a bit of shelter in hot afternoon. If I ever got a tomato the squirrels best me to it even when green. Gave up. Buy them.

  • Dianne Johnson
    Dianne Johnson Dallas, TX
    on Aug 9, 2017

    I 'd definitely try this. As a physician, I have llearned... if you do everything "by the book" because you think your title makes you smarter than everyone else, you will forever be practicing your craft rather than becoming a master of your craft. Listen to patients, other Drs, and the success of others in any other field of life, grows you as a person, makes your ego appear much smaller, and adds to the successes you can share with others.
    Thanks for all the creativity you share. Some of us missed out on that gene

  • Drenise
    Drenise Canada
    6 days ago

    Wish Imhad the room to do this. I only have room for a single row. But I did put the compost in an old pillow case in my rain barrel and wow I have compost tea water for my plants. Wish I could take credit for this idea but it came from a professional gardener.My problem is one of my plants is getting black spots on the bottom (Roma) This is the only one out of twelve. Help


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