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[Tomato Dirt] How to Make a Watering Plan for Tomatoes
May 07, 2014

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 4, Number 8

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Feature: How to Make a Watering Plan for Your Tomatoes

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You can get your tomato plants off to a good start at the beginning of the season – and keep them healthy until frost – when you establish a good watering schedule right away.

Water regularly.
Consistent watering produces stronger plants and larger fruit. In the height of summer, water 2-3 times a week. (Rainfall counts.) Later when temperatures cool, scale back to once a week.

Water at the soil line.
You’ll help build your tomato’s root system. Avoid overhead watering, which spreads diseases.

Water slowly.
Let water sink into the ground to help plants develop strong root systems. When the soil surrounding your tomato plant is moistened 6-8” deep, you’ll know you’ve done your job well.

Get more info about basics for watering tomatoes so you can have healthy, productive tomatoes all season long.

And check out all kinds of ideas for healthy tomato watering on our Watering Tomatoes Pinterest board.

How to Choose a Garden Hose for Watering Tomatoes

When it comes to choosing a garden hose for watering your tomatoes, there’s more to consider than you might think: hose length, hose material, hose diameter – even the fitting that attaches the hose to the spigot.

One of the most frustrating problems when watering tomatoes? A kinked hose. Make sure you consider these 3 tips for choosing a garden hose that doesn’t kink:

  1. Rubber hoses kink less than vinyl hoses.
  2. Hoses with brass fittings (couplings) and plastic or rubber collars at the spigot attachment kink less than those with other fittings.
  3. A higher-ply hose, especially one with mesh layers, kinks less than lower-ply hoses.
Get more helpful information for choosing a garden hose so you can grow healthy tomatoes this season.

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More about Watering Tomatoes

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That’s it for now. More next time!

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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