Answer: In a word, yes. Tomatoes really need an evenly moist (but not soggy) soil. According to the old rule of thumb, this means about an inch or two of water a week from either the sky or the hose. Most gardeners find it helpful to dig down and see how effective their watering is, and then can tell how much to apply at a time. An occasional slow deep soaking is better than a daily light sprinkling, and a few inches of organic mulch will help hold the moisture and keep the soil cool. Even during an average summer there are times when you need to water them. This summer is an exceptionally dry one.
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