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Tomatoes and their need for water

2 days ago
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... 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 try 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...
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  • Joan Segraves
    Joan Segraves Williamsport, PA
    Once the tomatoes got over a certain height and bushed way out, how did you water it then?
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    • James Bryan C
      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Joan Segraves You stick a water hose down into the bucket... When I start seeing fruit I cut off compost feeding as the plant will have started to put most of it's stored energy from the compost into fruit...
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    • Joan Segraves
      Joan Segraves Williamsport, PA
      James Bryan C Thanks for sharing.
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  • Robert Ross
    Robert Ross Australia
    did you prune the plants at all or did you just let them grow?
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      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Robert Ross The plants in the photo were determinate varieties which do not require pruning. I only prune indeterminate tomatoes up to the first blossom set as pruning a 1/4 acre of tomatoes
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    • Morgan Griffith
      Morgan Griffith Jamul, CA
      James Bryan C looking forward to this future info
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  • Jenna
    Jenna Plano, TX
    How do you pick them? Do the tomatoes fit through the fencing?
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    • James Bryan C
      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Jenna I answered this question numerous times... the 2x4 opening in the wire was a mistake I made and learned from... I use 6x6 opening now and have developed a trellis system for my
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  • Steve Breinig
    Steve Breinig Hays, KS
    ok can u post what your bucket looks like with the holes in it ?????? i did something simular i used 3 inch pvc 12 inches long with holes in them next to plants got tons of maters this yr
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  • Cha
    Cha Indianola, MS
    Can't wait to try this next year!!!
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  • Victoria Larsen
    Victoria Larsen Los Lunas, NM
    Could you be any more brilliant! I have to try this as I live in the desert of New Mexico. Thanks for the post!
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  • Susan From Colorado
    I am really glad that I re-read your post and wish I had done it sooner.. We lost our entire crop last year to blossom rot and so this year decided to follow your specifications to a "T"... It has worked wonderful.. the only problem is that we also used
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  • Ann thompson
    Ann thompson Orange, TX
    All of this sounds great, but my problem was stink bugs. Ruined my whole crop of tomatoes. Make terrible spots and hard places on the tomatoes. I have tried seven dust and seven spray with no success. The only thing that works is picking them off and
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    • James Bryan C
      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Ann thompson Go to the store and buy one package of chewing tobacco... get an old pot you no longer want.. add tobacco to the pot and fill with water and let it seep for 24 hours, strain and
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