Tomato plants are one of the most finicky vegetable garden plants when it comes to it’s water needs. Tomato plants must have a constant supply of moisture for plant health and to develop big, tasty tomatoes. An inconsistent water supply for tomato plants will result in unhealthy plants and less than stellar tomatoes. Disposable diapers and/or corn cobs planted with your tomato plants will keep the garden soil moisture supply constant and enable you to grow bigger garden tomatoes on healthier tomato plants.
Here’s how to use disposable diapers and corn cobs in your garden to grow bigger tomatoes.
For implementing disposable diapers as part of your tomato patch, use post hole diggers to dig a hole for each of your tomato plants to the depth of 2 feet. Take 1 new, disposable diaper and open it up and cut out the absorbent center portion of the disposable diaper. Place the disposable diaper in the bottom of the hole, absorbent side up. Place a length of PVC pipe or galvanized pipe that is at least 3 feet long at an angle in the hole, one end of the pipe resting on the disposable diaper, the other pipe end resting on the opposite side of the top hole opening.
Next, fill the hole to within 6 inches of the top with compost, cow manure or other organic material. Then add a 2 inch layer of top soil and place your tomato plant in the hole, either straight up in the center or place the tomato plant on it’s side for trench planting, and finish filling the hole with top soil. The top soil should reach the bottom leaves of the tomato plant, gently firm the soil around the tomato plant.
You will be watering the tomato plant through the pipe you installed so the water will reach deep into the garden soil and a constant supply of moisture will be retained by the disposable diaper planted under the tomato plant.
The principal is the same for implementing corn cobs in your tomato patch. Use post hole diggers to dig a hole for each tomato plant to the depth of 3-4 feet. Place a 2 foot layer of broken corn cobs in the bottom of the hole. Next add a length of pipe that is at least 1 foot longer than the depth of your hole, and add the organic material to within 6 inches of the hole top. Add 2 inches of top soil, place your tomato plant and finish filling the hole with top soil until it reaches the bottom leaves of the tomato plant.
Having a disposable diaper or broken corn cobs at the bottom of each tomato plant acts as a sponge to absorb moisture and retain it for the tomato plant’s use. The pipe planted along with the tomato plant ensures the plant is being watered deeply.