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[Tomato Dirt #204] Helpful Gadgets for Watering Tomatoes
June 11, 2020
Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Hoses, nozzles, drip irrigation, water timers, rain gauges, soaker systems, watering cans, rain urns … check out all kinds of watering gadgets with our good friends at Gardener’s Supply.
This is the GS page where you can get all the different kinds of watering gear you need for your garden. It's so much fun to browse around. And if you find something at a bargain price - well, go for it!
Plus, they donate 8% of their profits to home and garden improvement programs.
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Rain Gauge: this device collects and measures rainfall in a specific place. Gauges are available in a wide range of styles and prices, from high-tech automatic devices
to very simple mounted versions.
Soil Moisture Meter: also called a soil moisture sensor, this tool measures water content in the soil. Most versions for the home garden have a probe attached to the meter box itself. You insert the probe into the soil, which senses and reports the moisture volume in the soil in that specific area. You can track different levels of soil moisture in different patches of your garden by taking separate readings with the probe. This can show you if some parts of the garden are receiving more water than others.
Water Usage Meter: these nifty watering gadgets –
both faucet models and nozzle models - allow you to track how much water you’re giving your plants through your watering system. Information from a water usage meter is particularly useful for tomato gardeners because the meter shows you how much water you are using either in a single watering or cumulatively.
You’ll be able to diagnose pest and disease problems using step by step priceless information, illustrated with 260 full color photos.
Collecting rainwater for your garden is a smart idea, no matter what your motivation. Plants like rainwater, because it's naturally soft, and free of chlorine and other chemicals. If drought is a problem where you live, collecting rainwater is a good way to deal with watering restrictions. If you're on a municipal water system, you stand to save a considerable amount of money.
Now you can harvest the rain right from your roof and estimate how many gallons of water you can collect, thanks to this nifty rainfall calculator from our good friends at Gardener’s Supply. Just enter your roof measurements and the amount of rainfall and POOF! – you’ve got the number of gallons you can collect to use in your garden.
You’ll find plenty of other handy information on the Rainfall Calculator page, including a rainfall collection supplies list and how-tos. Plus, it’s free. Check it out here.
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