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[Tomato Dirt #311] How often should you water your tomato plants?
June 13, 2024

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 12

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Danger: Don't Let Your Tomatoes Get Thirsty

Yes, it’s good to be a drip when it comes to watering your garden! Tomatoes need 1-3 inches of water a week.

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.

But apart from all that good stuff, their watering gadgets and irrigation supplies are quality products that will last season after season. Check them out here.

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Here’s the dirt: Tomato Dirt’s long-standing Facebook page was recently hacked. For your safety and privacy, we closed it. But never fear! We’ve started a new page with good security.

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FEATURE: How Often Should You Water Your Tomato Plants?

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How often should you water your tomato plants?

There’s no one cut-and-dry answer (excuse the pun.)

Too little water and your plants wilt and produce less fruit.

Too much, and you risk root rot and other diseases.

And to be honest, it can be hard to know if your tomato plants are getting enough water.

Your watering plan must take several factors into consideration.

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers that explain...

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Tomato Growing Tip: How Much Water Do Tomato Plants Need?

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Calculate Rainfall for Free

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.

More Tomato Watering Tips

Best Techniques for Watering Tomato Plants Watering Tomatoes FAQs How to Choose a Watering Hose How to Create a Tomato Watering Schedule

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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