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Tomatoes and their need for water

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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  • Louise Linskill
    Louise Linskill New Zealand
    do the tomatoes ripen ok they wouldnt get any sun. Love the idea definitely going to try it myself
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    • James Bryan C
      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Louise Linskill They will ripen but a little slower than pruned tomatoes. The nice thing with real bushy plants is the fact you have fewer sun scalded tomatoes. Don't forget the end of
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  • Liz
    Liz Australia
    James now the plants are established now how do you water??? Without watering the Tomato Plant leaves?
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  • Rhonda
    Rhonda Kokomo, IN
    Do you alternate where you plant your tomatoes, or do you plant in the same spot every year?
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      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Rhonda I rotate.. generally on a 5 year rotation.. Between the initial planting and the second planting .. this keeps pathogens, fungus and other diseases from building up in the soil.. I not only
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  • Launa Grubb
    Launa Grubb Garber, IA
    Would this work good for for peppers too?
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      James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
      Launa Grubb Oh yes! It works well for peppers, cucumbers, squashes, melon types.. however the root zone for these are not as deep as the tomatoes. There was a lady in Alaska using this method
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  • Juanita
    Juanita Fort Collins, CO
    Did you make your own compost or did you buy commercial bagged compost?
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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
    did you prune the plants at all or did you just let them grow?
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    • James Bryan C
      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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