Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Meanwhile, In Sunset Hills

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!

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2 responses to “Meanwhile, In Sunset Hills

  1. Little Sis June 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Wow. They look great. I’ve had a rough couple of years with tomatoes, and to be honest, I think my soaker hoses were part of the problem. They were either not carrying the water to the end (as you described) or dumping water in bad spots (soggy strawberries are yucky). This year I’m hand watering (which also makes me more attentive to their actual needs) and things are going much better. Here’s hoping for tomato abundance!!

    • We Will Work for Food June 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks! A drip irrigation system on a battery timer would be ideal, but it’s not our property… so hand watering it is! It does help us with organic pest control, as you mentioned being more attentive to the plants’ needs. Hope it works out for you!

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