Getting water to the roots of large plants such as tomatoes isn't always easy. Surface watering does little more than alleviate the immediate need for water. As we learned yesterday, this can actually cause your plants to develop roots close the surface of the soil, compromising the health of your plants.
Using PVC pipe to direct water right to the roots is an inexpensive way to provide your tomatoes with the water they need to thrive.
How to Make Vertical PVC Pipe Irrigation
The screen over the end of the pipe is not necessary, but does prevent small mammals, reptiles and amphibians from getting trapped in the pipe.
As an alternative, leave the end open and water your tomato plants by inverting a bottle of water in the end of the pipe. Refill the bottle as needed to keep the roots of your tomatoes moist. Keeping the inverted bottle in the opening prevents debris or animals from entering it.
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!