Yes, we love the tomato (technically a fruit but treated like a vegetable), embracing its versatility in sauces, salads and beverages. This fascination with the food translates into a bit of an obsession, if you will, about how to produce a prime crop.
The Old Farmer's Almanac gives a run-down of what to grow in your zone, when to prep your seeds, and then how to plant and care for your tomatoes. There's also advice about what pests can target your plants, how to harvest and store.
Tip: "Never refrigerate fresh tomatoes."
Tomato growers debate many aspects, including how to water them for the best results. One grower took a garbage can, added two rows of holes, plus some compost and water to slowly irrigate his crop. The method seems like a winner, as evidenced by the picture below.
At Gardening Know How, there is no doubt about what to do: "Water slowly, water deeply." For tomato plants, "the number 1 rule of watering tomatoes is to make sure that you go slow and easy. Never rush watering."
There are several methods to try but perhaps the simplest is using mulch to slow the process and " keep water where the plants need it," at the roots. Watering from overhead, the site notes, can bring on disease, attract pests, and waste water.
Another helpful voice in the debate can be found at the Veggie Gardener, explaining that deep watering means "watering tomato plants at their deepest root level. Watering in this manner will ensure good root development, resulting in stronger, healthier tomato plants." Who doesn't want that?
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