[Tomato Dirt #152] Best watering tomatoes tip: use drip irrigation to keep tomatoes healthy.
July 05, 2018
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 8, Number 17
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A few times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Hoses, nozzles, sprinklers, water timers, soil moisture meters … when it’s time for water, does your garden have what it takes? Browse garden hoses and other watering gear that other gardeners use and love. Take a look.
As water sinks down lower into the soil, the tomato’s roots must follow suit and reach down further to absorb it. Deep watering helps tomato plants build strong root systems.
Superficial watering allows roots to be lazy. If roots mustn’t dig deep, they can float around the surface and get a drink the easy way.
Shallow root systems can lead to root damage and more stress for the plant during dry spells. So by watering slowly and deeply, you're practicing your own kind of "Gardener's Tough Love" with tomato plants.
There are three main
watering techniques gardeners use with tomatoes:
Hand watering: time consuming, but requires only a hose and nozzle
Sprinkler: requires only a hose and sprinkler, but wets leaves and has a high rate of evaporation
Drip watering: has a bit higher initial cost, but you can use the set up each year – and is the most effective way to water tomatoes because … (keep reading)
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