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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:44 pm    Post subject: Auto watering tomatoes Reply with quote

has anyone any experience of auto watering tomatoes. I use tomato grow pots, with great results, but with holidays I have to depend on my neighbour to water. I am considering a Hozelock auto watering system does it really work and is their any downside with it or have you another system that works
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: auto-watering tomatoes in grow bags Reply with quote

Here in Essex we've had 2mm of rain since 6th June so you can talk to me anytime about watering. A trick I've used in the past with just one grow-bag was to make up a hose from the garden tap with the tiniest trickle of water like one drop per second and feed it into the bag before departing to foreign climes for a week. Tomatoes can grow in saturated conditions. Native ones in South America grow in swamps.

Years ago I had 600 plants and used a commercial trickle system turned on very gently. The real problem with the tomms is keeping the side shoots pulled. (applies to tomms grown as a vine).

Another trick is to use a very large crockery pot lined with a new bin-liner. Make a couple of pin-holes in the liner fill it to the top with water and set on top of the grow bag. It should leak out ever so gently and if your kind neighbour has a look at the set-up now and then he can throw in a bucket of water if needed. Sometimes daft ideas work!

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