What’s involved to get a tomato harvest? It’s really not hard work, but it’s something that you have to keep up with. Since a tomato is made up of mostly water, they need plenty of water daily. I usually water the big ones for 60 seconds each day. When they were smaller, I’d water them 30-50 seconds, depending on how big they were. Nothing scientific behind that, I admittedly pulled that number out of thin air. But with 16 plants, it takes almost 20 minutes to water all of the tomatoes, giving time to switch between plants.

I put the stakes and cages with each tomato when it was planted, so I wouldn’t hurt the plant later. They’ve gotten to the point now that I’m tying something up to the support several times a week. I’m using green zip ties because they’re just easier than trying to actually tie them up with twine or something similar.

This is actually one of my favorite times of the day. I will usually water them at the end of the day to prevent scorching in the heat. By the time I get out there most days, it’s dusk, and lightning bugs are everywhere. It’s very relaxing to watch them while the plants get watered.

The video below just gives a feel for what it’s like.

For those of you paying attention if you watched the video, you probably noticed that I forgot to turn off the water. I realized this as I was editing the video and went back out and turned it off. I think I might leave my head laying somewhere if it weren’t permanently attached.

Also, if you’re wondering, I have no idea what is the dark spot on the tomato on the left. It’s my first German Johnson of the season. The rest so far have all been Better Boys, with a single tiny Roma that was already on the vine when I planted it. I’ll have check with my gardening consultant.