Author Topic: Soggy soil  (Read 61 times)

sebeaupre1

  • Guest
Soggy soil
« on: October 27, 2022, 02:03:13 pm »
I'm concerned that my soil stays too soggy and that is harming roots of plants (no air to breathe.)  When I dump it out to dry at the end of the season, the soil is almost wet.  My cherry tomato plants did well, but not the full-size tomatoes. 

I've been using earthboxes for ten years.  I live in Northern California (near San Jose.)  I place my drip irrigation line into the water tube, so the soil does not get watered from the top.  Any excess goes out the holes at the bottom of the system, as it should.  But - should the soil be so wet all the time? 

I am wondering if I should add a bit of sand (or something lighter?) to the Organic potting mix before filling this year hoping that may keep the soil moist, but not soggy. 

I would love advice.  Thank you. 


gardendoc

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 267
    • Changing the Garden Paradigm
Re: Soggy soil
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2022, 10:03:51 am »
If you are using professional peat-based container mix you shouldn't have any soggy conditions. In my experience when compost and other materials are used the mix particle size and physical properties get compromised and lead to soggy conditions.
Why Google, when you have me?