I stopped by at Heather’s garden in late April before she planted her warm season vegetables, to see how she manages weeds and water in her garden.
Heather lives in the North End of Boise, her garden is large, dry and made of sandy, nutrient-poor soil. Tomatoes require a lot of water to produce good fruit and water is expensive and she grows a LOT of tomatoes-some years, she has planted 100 tomatoes!!
She has developed a method to minimize water usage and limit the time she spends on weeding. This is something every gardener is looking for!
Here are the timesaving things she does in her vegetable garden:
1. No tilling
2. Dig in bottomless planting pots in the ground
3. Plant the tomato in the pot.
4. Add soil, compost, fertilizers to the pot.
5. One dripper per pot. (5 gallons per hour)
Check out this short video on here gardening system that she calls, The Bucket System!