help container soil

ChicagoDeli37April 10, 2013

Found my way over to this section, here's the deal I have 18 of theses containers, I plan to grow carrot, beet, radish, strawberry, 3 husky cherry, leeks, potato, possibly a few others. I filled them with the left over soil from my raised beds, its not very heavy stuff but its not potting mix. Question is how much trouble am I going to be in with drainage and other problems. How can I help this by NOT Changing soils?

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emgardener

To help w/o changing the soil you can:

* Drill extra holes in the bottom of the containers and then elevate the containers on bricks or boards. This isn't to increase drainage, but to increase aeration of any roots that get to the bottom of the pot. Should help out tomatoes a lot. This has worked well for me.

* Haven't tried this yet but will this year: Just poke a long dowel into the mix and remove. This will leave an "aeration column". Poke several of these in each pot, similar to how they aerate grass lawns.

* This one worked well for me last year. In a tub with heavy mix I dug out a column of the mix from top to bottom and put in wood chips. This also formed an "aeration column". My pepper plants in this tub did much better after I did this.

Here is a link that might be useful: Organic container growing

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 3:06PM
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ChicagoDeli37

Thanks, how big should the holes be for the 2nd method?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 9:29PM
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