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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!
  • Earl Desuba
    Earl Desuba Tulsa, OK

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

    • Paula
      Paula Hamilton, MT

      Yes, when the tomato starts to lack water and then is suddenly given water the inside grows faster than the skin and causes the crack. So even moisture is important.

  • 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!

  • Bcmiller123

    I use drip lines on a timer to water my garden and flowers. I buy drip line supplies from my local Natural Resources Conservation Service. Very affordable and can be cut to any row length. They also have a selection of emitters to water at different

  • Dianeg1234
    Dianeg1234 Greenfield, MA

    Love this idea. I will be doing this in the spring. Last year my tomatoes had leaf disease , I am thinking from leaves were getting wet during watering.

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