New - miracle gro potting soil - drainage

lovefirst17May 30, 2013

I read a lot before I planted my veggies. I missed MG potting SOIL as bad. At least for drainage. My terra cotta seems regular in its need for water but my plastics not so much. The plants look great tho (been in the pots for about a week) but they are not begging for water AT ALL. So should I drill some holes in the sides to help with aeration? I'm not willing/able to repot with a new soil THIS time although next time I will certainly do things different.

Thoughts?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Try using a wick to drain any excess water from the lower reaches of the pot, or partially burying the pot in the garden or beds. Tipping the pot at a 45* angle after watering can help remove a significant amount of excess water, too (see example B, below.)

Al

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:03PM
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lovefirst17

I read your aeration and water retention. How do I do the wick?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:05PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Push a wick made of rayon or other absorbent material up through one of the drain holes with a straight slot screwdriver. Make sure the wick is hanging 2-3" below the pot bottom after you water. DO water until a good amount of water exits the pot each time you water, and let the wick/tipping the pot remove any excess.

More info on dealing with water retention below.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: More on dealing with too much water in your soil ....

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 5:43PM
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lovefirst17

Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:54PM
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