Hot Weather Growing Strategy
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m trying to grow tomatoes here in Southeastern Cuba (GTMO), but this time of year the ground temperature is too warm. I am looking for a strategy for successfully growing tomatoes. I have a 25 gallon container, and I am currently siphoning chilled water into the ground around the plants. However, this is labor intensive, and seems to be a battle that Mother Nature will win. IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve purchased dripper and mister nozzles, but I think I might need a timer and a water pump of some sort. Additionally, I have to keep an eye on my water consumption due to local regulations. We are not permitted to travel to Communist Cuba, so IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not sure how others in this tropical climate grow tomatoes. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Would mulch help to keep the ground temperature cooler? What about shade cloth, suspended above my garden? I have Cherokee Purple seeds, and other varieties.