Deep watering the garden

Our tomatoes are way behind this year.  No thanks to my garden “helper” who killed my first round of tomato seeds that I started way back in February/March. But with any luck & our area having 90F+ degree temperatures until Halloween every year, we may still get a decent crop.

After doing some research I found a lot of info on deep watering that will hopefully let them catch up and produce a great crop for us.  Setting up a system was inexpensive and easy- which are two of my favorite things!

I found a lot of different materials to use- PVC pipes, 2-liter bottles, milk jugs, corrugated tubing etc.  I decided on the corrugated tubing as it comes already perforated {which is required for any material} so the water can seep out.  I easily found it in the plumbing section at Home Depot & for a 10 foot section it was only $5.48.

To get 8 sections out of the 10 foot tubing, I cut it every 15 inches.  This will allow a few inches to stay above ground once they are buried & keep it from filling in with dirt.  I originally planned on using my husbands miter saw to cut it…but after a phone call to him at work asking him how to unlock the hinge to open the saw, he asked me to please just use a razor-blade instead, for safety.  To my credit- I wasn’t scared…I was going to use the saw & I knew how to run it but I just couldn’t find the lock to open it. That’s minor!  I could hear the mocking laughter in the background from his co-workers but he was right, the razor-blade worked very well.

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We have 13 or 14 tomato plants so I spaced the tubes as evenly as possible between them to  make sure they are all getting water.  Be careful of the roots!  Dig a hole about 12″ deep, place the tube in the hole & backfill the dirt to keep it in place.  Then fill with water.  I only got 6 blisters in the process and it was only 100F outside, but other than that, it’s easy!

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To give the tomatoes even more of what they want I’m brewing some goat manure tea for them. Unlike chicken manure, goat manure is “mild” and doesn’t need to mature in a compost pile to avoid burning your plants.   So as it can be directly applied, I’ve been collecting it in a bucket for the garden.  I’m not sure if your life has hit a low point or a high point when you are following goats around to collect their poop.  Let’s go with it hitting a high point…it’s a small price to pay to be able to grow so much right in our own backyard!

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Brewing goat manure tea. Not too smelly!

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