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    Does capillary action work if you have crock/rocks in bottom of pots though? As some of my plants I put these in to aid drainage, but will consider not putting them in this summer for toms etc if i can water from below

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    Do you know if that technique for watering works as well for plants that have crocks or stones in the bottom of the pot? As some of mine have, and I'm not sure if the water would suck up through the stones?

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    hi 2sheds. Thanks for the video it's most helpful. My need to water seedlings,etc, has reduced but i'm always worrying about it so things like this are of enormous help.

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    That was a good & helpful Video TS. Thanks for your time, & taking the trouble to upload it.

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    What an excellent post. I thought I'd just mention that I also use capillary matting, useful if you are out all day or two.
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    Good question... I was wondering the same thing. I need to start planning for my holiday at the end of June - this would be a great solution.

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    The algae is a good indicator that water logging isn't going to do much for the plants. If the soil or compost in the pots get hydrophobic, then this technique works to re-wet the media, but it's something that you should only do on occasions.
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    Default Watering Tomatoes

    Hi all.

    This is my first year of growing... Well, anything. Had varying levels of success with everything. I had two tomato plants. One was a cherry which produced loads and loads of delicious fruit until the poor thing got covered in fungus courtesy of the Alicante plant beside it.

    What happened with the Alicante was that the fruit split before it ripened and I didn't know to pick them off so they developed a fungus-type thing, which then spread. I know that irregular watering cause splitting but I watered them every day, mindful that under-watering can cause splitting. I grew them in buckets and heard that the compost should be kept moist but not wet. Clearly, I under-watered but how on earth do you gauge how much is too much or too little? I had planned on erring on the side of over-watering next year but, last night, I heard Monty say that over-watering can stress tomato plants too.

    Any advice anyone? I'd really like to grow about ten tomato plants next year and I may just stick to cherries but, even so, I'm a bit wary because it's so gutting to fail at the final hurdle.

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