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#49987 May 22nd, 2007 at 11:04 PM
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Down here in 'Bama we are in the middle of the worst spring drought on record. I don't think it has rained one time in the month of May, and it only rained 2 or 3 times in April. Obviously this fact stinks for people like me who are growing tomatoes for the first time.

This brings me to another question. When one relies on city, chlorinated water for almost all of the watering in a drought period, does it take away from the taste of the fruit?


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I have relatives in town that pour their water out in jugs and let it sit for the chlorine to leach out, not sure if it works or not but they say it evaporates.

No drought here, between the rain and snow everything has been kept soggy.


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Sunflowers #50024 May 23rd, 2007 at 05:42 AM
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All cities CLAIM that there is not enough chlorine to harm plants or people. Fish owners always let water sit for 24 hours to dechlorinate before adding to tanks. I really hope this helps.
I am in S. Cal. We have had 3 point something inches of rain for our whole season. Lowest recorded ever. Yes I am dealing with drought too.


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Tina #50198 May 23rd, 2007 at 09:59 AM
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for my houseplants, i always let the water sit so the chlorine can dissapate. had to do the same when i had the fish tank up, too.

for outside stuff, i usually don't worry about it. even when i've got vegy's going (which i don't do every year).

the soil here is really good for tom's tho, so i don't think anything in the water would affect the taste.

what kind of soil do you have? what did you amend it with for the tom's?

toms do need a good amount of water to grow well...if the drought continues, you may see fruits that are smaller than they should be. even if you water the plants (which is probably restricted if the drought is really bad) you may still see a reduced size in the fruit.


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I am in 'Bama, so our soil is characteristically heavy red clay (the really red stuff begins about an hour south of me). The soil I am using has never been farmed before, so it should be pretty much "virgin."

When I planted the tomatoes, I used a solution of organic chicken manure dissolved in water. I poured this into the hole prior to planting. Then, I packed in some MG "Organic Choice" soil into the native soil around it.

Where I live things are pretty liberal in regards to water. I have never heard of the government restricting us on our useage of water, even during droughts. I suppose it may be because I live so near the TN. river.


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