Posted by maco on 2013-07-21 18:34:58 UTC and edited at 2013-07-21 19:21:25 UTCPermalink
So, um, watering's important. Yep. Very important.
Well, what with moving into the house and all THAT entails...my plants are looking the worse for wear. They haven't gotten enough water. The oregano is dead. The basil and chives are just hanging on. The tomatoes have sort of purple leaves. Seeing that the roots were all growing out of the bottom of the pots, I finally went and got soil to fill the basins I have for the tomatoes and spent the money on proper (much larger) pots for the herbs.
At Home Depot, it turned out that 7.5" pots that are glazed inside and out (to prevent wicking & evaporation of water -- the problem my tomatoes were hitting with the teensy clay pots) were $10 for the pot and $5 for the saucer. Or there are 7.25" self-watering pots for $15. So my herbs are now in self-watering pots where they should be able to survive Pennsic without me. I got a new oregano plant too.
The tomatoes are now in large plastic bins full of dirt/compost, where their roots can spread out. Turns out clay pots in weather that is always over 80, usually over 90, and hitting over 100 (celcius people, read those as 26, 32, 38) means you need to water at least daily, probably a couple times a day, to keep the plants happy.
After taking that photo, I put some egg shells (since I hardboiled some eggs today for pickling) in the dirt around them and added stakes.
I noticed a couple days ago on the way to work that there's a place near home called Country Boy Market. Fresh locally grown produce (cheap berries, nom nom), mulch, top soil, compost, and straw bales are all available. Also they deliver mulch & soil. Well then. I know what's happening next spring when I try to build up the rest of the garden.
Yup, speaking as a container grower from somewhere where the weather is often over 100F in summer (last summer we got up to 45C a couple of times), I usually grow my tomatoes in 12" pots, water them daily starting around the low 30s celsius, and twice daily when it gets into the high 30s.
I've heard that it's good to bury some crushed eggshells where you plant your tomatoes, so I've been setting my eggshells aside for a couple of weeks already, and will grind them up to plant under the tomatoes when I put them in pots in a couple of months time.