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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!
  • 3sonscrazy
    3sonscrazy Fort Collins, CO

    Very interesting. Never thought of watering veggies this way. Sounds like you have a bumper crop. Yum.

  • PAULINE K
    PAULINE K Corinth, MS

    My husband loves this idea. How big are the cans? The first set of hols are drilled at the bottom of the cans and then 10 inches up? Then bury the can where the top holes were just above the ground. Correct?

  • James Bryan C
    James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY

    This was a large trash can for your kitchen about 20 gallons... the plants yielded tons of tomatoes.. the only thing I would do different this year would be to use a larger mesh wire as the cage.. it was difficult trying to pick tomatoes from the 2''

  • Ron Anderson
    Ron Anderson Cary, NC

    I like this. I'm going to give this a try this summer. I only plant about 4 tomato plants each year, just enough for the family and give some away at work, so this is right for me. I don't have compost, so may substitute with some miracle grow

  • James Bryan C
    James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY

    Ron, you could use some miricle grow plant food instead and plant the tomatoes in the potting soil around the container.. or if you wanted you can buy bags of composted cow manure and make a tea out of that mix about a quart of the composted manure

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