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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. 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.
May 28th 2012
End of June toping the 3 ft cage
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!
  • 3popps
    on Jul 10, 2012

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

    PAULINE K Corinth, MS
    on Mar 3, 2013

    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
    on Mar 3, 2013

    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'' by 4'' mesh.. I will use field fencing for horses or cows with the larger 6x6 mesh making it easy to pick and hold onto the tomatoes as you bring them through the wire..And possibly make the cage 8 ft tall as any strong wind could "top" the plants and reduce the crop.. Watering this way also keeps down many diseases.. and the drought last year helped only because there was little rain to cause disease on the plants...

  • Ron Anderson
    Ron Anderson Cary, NC
    on Mar 13, 2013

    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 potting soil.

  • James Bryan C
    James Bryan C Crab Orchard, KY
    on Mar 13, 2013

    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 in the can of water once a week... the potting soil with the perlite in it may clog the drain holes you need for the water to get to the roots... glad this post helps you.. I will be doing a few demonstration gardens this year and posting photos on new techniques I use.. also on facebook as provision farms

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