We’ve been busy at our Iowa Street Garden lately, but we haven’t neglected our new plot out in Sunset Hills. The deer fence is still standing guard, and our 50 tomato plants and 10 pepper plants are catching up, since they were planted a little later than we would’ve liked.
We wanted to set up soaker hoses, but we found that the water seeped out more toward the beginning of the hose and never made it to the back of the garden. Instead, we’ve been watering by hand with a regular hose.
When watering, we try to water the ground around each tomato plant and avoid watering the foliage. Watering from above is not only wasteful, as much of the water evaporates, it can also spread disease and limit pollination by locking down the pollen. Deep watering directly to the roots promotes root growth. and mulching around each plant helps retain moisture.
With any luck, this will be our Year of the Tomato!