Not happy with my drainage

lovefirst17June 12, 2013

Here we are again. I have some sta-green potting mix that I used for a pot in pot. The actual pot has MG in it the surround potting mix is Sta-green. I just don't think the MG is draining well despite my wicking and half-burying. I didn't want to, but I think repotting might be a good way to go.

Or maybe not. My plants are growing, looking healthier than at first (after I impeded the slug assault) although my pepper leaves are looking a little sad. I otherwise have tomatoes and strawberries. My herbs are doing just fine in MG but they're in smaller clay pots versus the plastic pots my veggies and berries are growing in.

Or maybe they're draining just fine and they just need to be water less often. I used a plastic knife to go all the way to the bottom (whoops cut a root eek) and the soil is moist but not sloppy or muddy. It is a little compacted though.

Next year I'm going with Al's mix all the way. This is a year of learning for me.:)

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fireduck(10a) and I are both learning about the importance of fast draining soil. At least we finally learned! haha

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:53PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

Half-burying? Maybe I am misunderstanding, but doesn't half burying impede drainage and raise the perched water level?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:06PM
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It was my understanding if I buried the potted plants into a regular bed (keeping the drainage holes of course) the earth below would help the water in the containers to continue their downward travel. Via capillary action. Right Al?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:10PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

By half burying what you are doing is plugging the bottom of the pot and preventing drainage. By burying a container you now have a raised bed and not a container, and have actually decreased the size of the container and raised your perched water level. You were on the right track with the wick and less watering.

This post was edited by edweather on Thu, Jun 13, 13 at 9:55

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:48AM
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