I live in the desert of California and have had gardens for years. One of the biggest issues has always been watering. Last year I tried something different. I removed some trees from my yard and replaced them. Rather than throwing the buckets away that they came in I put them in the ground near the trees to help with watering. I also figured that this idea would work with the rest of my garden. I placed five gallon buckets in my garden near my tomato plants. That help get the water down under the root system and as an added bonus I was able to throw banana peels and other scraps right into the buckets. Last year was the best crop of tomatoes that I have ever had. This year I have modified and added more buckets and hope to have even a better crop. I used to have to water every day during the hottest time of the year but with this, I was able to go every other day during the long hot summer days here in the desert.
Here is another bonus that you can take advantage of with the pots in the ground. They can be used to make your own compost tea. I used 1 1 cubic foot bag for 5 pots. DSCF1007.jpgDSCF1008.jpg