Deep Watering Tomatoes for a Bumper Crop
As the plant that often seems to be the central highlight of the summer gardening season for most folks, everyone wants the biggest and shiniest tomatoes possible. So there are no shortage of tips and tricks out there to develop the size and sheen of tomatoes. But most of these tips and tricks only slightly improve the plant's production, many of them seeming to do nothing at all - mental bias and imagination can go a long way in supporting useless tricks.
Well, here's one method that the people who try it have a hard time not noticing a difference in their plants. And by difference, I mean tomatoes taken to the next level. It's called "deep watering", and it is exactly what it describes, watering deeper in the soil.
Now why would you want to water deeper in the first place? You see, compared with other common garden vegetation, tomatoes have rather deep roots - concentrating between depths of 2-4 feet. So while a few seconds of holding a watering can over some leaf lettuce provides water to all of that particular plant's root system, it just won't do the same for tomatoes. This is why a system that delivers liquid directly to the heart of your tomato's roots can affect the plant so drastically.
Not to forget, there's also the added benefits of being very water efficient as well as reducing blight because water won't be splashing all over the plant.
Now here's how you do it. It's very simple to implement.
Dig a hole on either side of where you're going to have a tomato plant. You really shouldn't dig a hole for a pipe if the tomato is already in the ground; you will damage the roots. You want to do this procedure before the plant is planted/transplanted.
Place a piece of perforated pipe about 16"-20" long in each hole. It doesn't matter if it's metal, corrugated, pvc, or whatever kind of tubing as long as there are holes in it. Fill in the dirt around the pipe, making sure you DON'T FILL THE INSIDE OF THE PIPE WITH DIRT!
Transplant/plant your tomato in between the pipes. Now when you water, you pour into the pipe(s). There you go, deep watered tomatoes. It's a good idea to erect some heavy duty cages/trellises because this method has the tendency of testing supports by turning tomatoes into a bumper crop.
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