On Apr 6, 7:26 am, White firstname.lastname@example.org (EVP MAN) wrote:
You are attempting to water stress your plant in order to produce a
superior taste, is that accurate?
As I said earlier, do share your results and don't let a "Shelton
rant" rattle ya. However, do keep what Sheldon and David wrote in
the back of your mind because you will see what they are talking
about. You are digging a container in the ground which is not the best
route to go for a number of reasons. Also you are not truly dry
farming, you are just restricting water, which w/o a cover to control
the environment is worthless. Humidity is another factor. You must
consider the plant's water use efficiency and the plant physiology. I
believe you should expect more BER in this experiment of yours.
Personally I think your taking the wrong approach to improving tomato
flavor. I am of the opinion it's not the water... it's more genetics
and nutrients. But experimenting is fun and one way to learn.
I assume you have your soil test results to guide you before you
start digging these container holes in the clay soil?
My entire garden is dug down to at least 10 to 12 inches. I use a
Mantis tiller to work up the soil. The extra depth down another foot is
where each plant will go. I figure it won't hurt to have nice lose soil
to that depth. And yes, dry farming does produce fruit with more BER
from what I understand.
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