Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dry Farming Tomatoes


Like killer tomatoes, drought tolerant tomatoes make sense, try dry farming your tomatoes. Dry farming tomatoes results into best flavor possible. To dry farm tomatoes we need to build the soil with organic matter with compost and growing cover crops. After planting tomatoes water them once and cover the ground in two layers of mulch. You could mulch your tomato beds with organic material and then with some hard mulch like gravel or bits of terracotta to prevent evaporation, and let the tomatoes grow without watering. You only water the tomatoes when their leaves start to turn yellow and then you do so rarely and deeply. Once the tomato plant develops fruit you stop watering all together. This allows the plant to focus not on new growth, but developing the fruit. You tomato plants will be ugly and straggly by doing this and your yield will be small, but you’ll have great tasting tomatoes. These sharp tasting tomatoes are perfect for sun dried tomatoes.

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