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drain height 55 gal. barrels

Posted by pandscorp (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 12, 11 at 12:51

Can I drill my drain holes on the sides of my barrel rather than on the bottom, so that a water reserve would be held below my soil? I was wanting to experiment with different heights ranging from 2" to 12". Does anyone have any experiences with trying this?

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RE: drain height 55 gal. barrels

  • Posted by tapla zone 5b-6a Mid-MI (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 12, 11 at 14:33

Don't do it. All you'll be doing is creating a breeding ground for anaerobic bacteria that have great potential to rot roots. The bacteria will also produce methane, excess CO2, and sulfurous gas compounds that will impair root function and reduce plant vitality. Put your holes on the bottom at the container's lowest point. Containers that need more frequent watering generally offer much greater opportunity for plants to grow as close as possible to their genetic potential.


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