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Old 09-14-2016, 04:50 PM
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Hello, and thank you for looking at my question.
The beds either side of my greenhouse path are quite a lot damper than I need them to be, because I grow lots of succulents and the soil is too wet, even when the surface is bone dry.

First I plan to gutter the run-off away because I think the rainfall off the glass is seeping into the beds via the outside ground and into the greenhouse. However, that is not the whole story.

I dug out the beds last year, poured sand in the bottom and lined the whole bed with mypex, before filling the bed on top with compost/soil, perlite mix.

I'm wondering if the underground sand is 'pulling' the water into the beds from outside, thus negating the fact that it was put there to drain water away from the soil above it.

I hardly ever water the plants because my moisture meters show the compost/soil to be still too wet to be ideal for succulents. I have resorted to putting them in pots and standing them on the ground so they don't get too wet.

I had a thought, because in my therapy room I use diffuser reeds to make the room smell nice by sticking them into a jar of bluebell essence or something similar and the reeds pull the liquid up the stem to evaporate into the air.

Has anybody heard of something like that which can be stuck in the ground in between the plants, and will pull excess moisture out of the ground and evaporate it away, thus keeping the soil dryer? I've searched and searched but so far have found nothing.

I hope someone will come up with an idea or a product that can do this. The more I think about it, something like this, in conjunction with the moisture meters would mean you could keep to quite strict tolerances for the ideal growing conditions.

Thank you again.
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