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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!
  • Ted Brydges

    If you're worried about mosquitoes hatching in the container, over it with window screen.

  • Wowhavs
    Wowhavs Westcliffe, CO

    Any suggestions for those of us who don't make compost?

    • Earl Desuba
      Earl Desuba Tulsa, OK

      Not as good as homemade compost but I cheat and use Black Kow.
      Claims to be all natural.
      I've tried a few other brands but they weren't completely broken down.

  • Earl Desuba
    Earl Desuba Tulsa, OK

    Now there's a happy tomato!
    You think Smirky knows why?

    • Kathy Anderson

      I was told that not watering regularly will cause cracks in tomatoes. They dry out and then have a lot of water. Is this so?

  • Mal Matthews

    I will be trying this idea.

  • Earl Desuba
    Earl Desuba Tulsa, OK

    That's what I hear, too. Probably true. I water every day when I probably should only every other day. But I'm so forgetful, I think I won't remember if I watered yesterday or the day before. Y'all have a Merry Christmas!

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