Friday, June 19, 2009

Deep root watering

I am going to try to control the water to my tomatoes by Deep root watering spikes.
Maybe this will help control the early blight I have been fighting this spring. And the over watering in my upside down tomatoes.Caused by all the rain we have had.
I have placed them around some of the ones on the ground.
See the withered leaves are from to much water then not enough.

tomatoes need about 1 inch of water per week 3-5 gallons of water per plant. With the the summer heat , they need 11/2 to 2 inches per week. If the roots are shallow the plant will likely dry out faster (causing wilting). Watering once every 2-3 days is a good idea. By using a stick to check the depth 8-12 inches deep is about right where the water should reach.
But there is hope. I have my first tomatoes started


An over view of todays garden.

3 comments:

Sue said...

I'll be curious to see how this works out for you. Being too far from any waterpump, I'm doing everything I can to make watering more efficient.

miss*R said...

we are in winter time here in Australia.. last year we had alot of rain and the tomatoes suffered.. I grow my tomatoes in old metal garbage bins.. they thrive.. they love the heat that is created from the sun on the tin..
thanks so much for joining in the earth healing ritual - can you email me? My email address is on my profile.. then I can send on the information etc. have a wonderful midsummer solstice!

dr.greenfish said...

hi grammy, i'm curious how you're using the upside down pop bottle as a rooting spike...care to share?