Posted By Jonathan on July 17, 2013
Now that July has bared its toasty teeth one of the most important things your plants need is ground moisture. When temps are in the 90s or higher, most plants will do most of their growing if given enough water, but this is also when water evaporates the quickest. In fact, you can see water steaming off the ground if you water in the middle of the day.
You may remember last fall I collected numerous bags of leaves from my yard in the hopes of using them as mulch. Well now is the time! Technically, you should mulch right after you plant, however, I never got around to it until today.
Now with mulched tomatoes (or anything else), I won’t have to stand in the heat watering every few days. In fact, I might not have to at all even if we get rain only once or twice a month. Using leaves to mulch really does help conserve moisture. On top of that, we got everything weeded around these plants so we won’t have to weed again for a long time. Mulch helps keep down weeds tremendously.
You have to be careful to not over water when you mulch, since it holds water so well. I recommend purchasing a moisture meter like the on pictured below. Check your plants a couple times a week during hot weather, more often if they are not mulched.