I am confused about how much water.
I have always raised my tomatoe plants on the 'dry side' going with the "tomatoes don't like wet feet" philosphy.
I've been reading more about micro nutrients et al. and have read about the "importance" of sufficient water to keep a sort of flow system going from the roots to transpiration "out" the leaves so to speak. Water is said to be the transportation method for nutrients. Also, I have raised "earthbox", etc where the roots are always wet and have seen greenhouse hydroponic where they are also always wet.
That all being said, it would seem to me that a "very slow" continuous drip might be the most optimum method for the in ground outside plant (avoiding "immense" rainfall which will shock the plants into splitting).
What do the control mavens (Timmy1, etc) use for a flow rate which probably should change with plant maturity ?
If I could go to college all over again I would probably study this stuff.