First-time Tomator Grower - Knowledgebase Question

Elk Grove, CA
Question by bsmama
March 28, 2000
I've never grown anything before, and I'm growing tomatoes for the first time. I bought a half whiskey barrel and plenty of Miracle Gro planting soil. Is it okay to plant with only that and nothing else or do I need to find some "natural" soil for my container? Also what is meant by "deep" watering. How can I tell when I've watered deep enough? Is there a time guideline?


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Answer from NGA
March 28, 2000

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With your tomatoes in whiskey barrels it will be impossible to set the barrels in a larger container to water, so you'll have to use your own judgement in whether you're applying enough water to throughly wet the root masses. You can dig down to make sure the soil is moist at root level, and you can apply water slowly so it soaks in rather than spills out through the cracks. Let your plants guide you in frequency of watering. If they look wilted, or the color is slightly off, water. If they look happy and robust, water thoroughly once each week.

Good luck with your new garden!

With your tomatoes in whiskey barrels it will be impossible to set the barrels in a larger container to water, so you'll have to use your own judgement in whether you're applying enough water to throughly wet the root masses. You can dig down to make sure the soil is moist at root level, and you can apply water slowly so it soaks in rather than spills out through the cracks. Let your plants guide you in frequency of watering. If they look wilted, or the color is slightly off, water. If they look happy and robust, water thoroughly once each week.

Good luck with your new garden!

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