Inspired by the last tomato ask: Have you ever dry farmed tomatoes? I've looked into it a little bit, but it's usually described as a complex agricultural technique that isn't replicable at home, which sounds a bit snooty for what amounts to controlling the water available to a plant. Any advice, either from past experience or based on how you would try it if you were to?
I honestly do supplemental watering very very rarely, usually only when we’re experiencing droughts. We have our own well, which means that I pay exactly $0 however much water we use, but honestly I am a lazy bitch and even if I do water them it’s by putting a sprinkler on them for half an hour. But that’s a rare occurrence.
But, again, I almost never have to. I haven’t at all this year.
But then, here in my area farmers don’t irrigate cropland either; we have pretty regular rainfall.
And also, BULLSHIT is dry farming a complex technique. Literally all you do is let the plants fend for themselves, which forces them to develop deeper roots. I do this with all my plants, simply by not watering them unless they are literally gasping and about to expire on the parched cracked earth before my very eyes.
Of course you can replicate it at home.
Honestly dry farming is a fancy name for something I’ve been doing out of laziness for years.