Tomatos wilting

Hi Folks: I like in the hills of Jersey and have been growing tomatos in pots. Specs on the tomatos: Park's Whopper Improved VFFNT They are not very high at this point, maybe two feet, but they're producing many tomatos! Even while red, they are hard to pull off.. Not BIG tomatos, maybe 3" dia max. The tap water here is from a well, the PH is around 7.4, but the Phosphorus is WAY HIGH! In fact, way out of range. I tried to do a soil test of the yard soil, using the well water, which at first led me to believe the soilwas Phosphorus rich. I switched to distilled water, and found the soil lacking in phosphorus and nitrogen, but absent of potash. This is why I'm potting, and with potting soil from the store. The beans and sunflowers are doing great, but the tomatos seem to be having a problem with something. I've captured rain water when I can, but that doesn't last too long. I put this well water in a wheel barrow to vent a bit, and use that.. This collects mosquitos around this time.. Everything else seems to be fine with this water, but I've even tried Miracle Grow for Tomatos, which might have even hurt!! The leaves have started yellowing, mainly around the bottom, and when they 'like' the water or what ever, they spring-up quickly, but still yellow.. Now they seem to be dropping green tomatos with blemishs on the bottom. Is there any special conditions I should be giving to tomatos, as opposed to other plants? Thanks! Harry
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (Lee Hall) wrote in message

What is your definition of watering? This sounds way too often unless you are just dampening the top layer of soil (few inches). steve
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bungalow snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (steve) wrote in message (Lee Hall) wrote in message

I don't have my own definition of watering, just my own method. I water with a garden hose and use Auto-Maters. I normally fill them about 3 times, less if they are showing signs of saturation. I would estimate that it works out to about a gallon per plant. I have used this same watering method, with and without the Auto-Maters for 35 years or so. It seems to work fine as I never see choriosis or plants about to keel over in the heat.
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (Lee Hall) wrote in message > What is your definition of watering? This sounds way too often unless

Oh, ok, thats fine, some people have different ideas about watering, I water maybe once or twice a season, but its an all night event. I also have 6 inches of mulch and good drainage so it all works for me. But you can imagine that a once a day watering system seems pretty foreign to me.
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On 31 Jul 2003 14:04:53 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (harry) wrote in rec.gardens.edible:

Stick your finger in the soil. If the soil is dry then water, if not dry then leave it alone. -- Gardening Zones Canada Zone 5a United States Zone 3a Near Ottawa, Ontario
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