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Old 02-27-2016, 08:00 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Are you drilling holes in the bottom for drainage?

actually I drill them on the side about two inches up so if I don't get home in time to water they still have some water in the bottom and they can use that if they need it ...I learned this trick from another gardener .
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:16 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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actually I drill them on the side about two inches up so if I don't get home in time to water they still have some water in the bottom and they can use that if they need it ...I learned this trick from another gardener .
Ooooh...smart! Great tip. Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hubby drills them in the bottom or the sides, depending. Some containers actually have places for drilling on the bottom. And now, with a beautiful day ahead we are about to go out and work in the garden. I am doing some trimming, he is getting rid of some of the weeds in the veggie garden. We are still 6 weeks away from planting though. Oh, and my tomato seeds, well I had a funeral for them a couple days ago. They all crocked. I will say, when I had the funeral I called them some petty bad names.
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Old 02-27-2016, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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actually I drill them on the side about two inches up so if I don't get home in time to water they still have some water in the bottom and they can use that if they need it ...I learned this trick from another gardener .
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Ooooh...smart! Great tip. Thanks.


Every location and climate is different. Be careful. I tried that, horrible.


We get heavy or consistent rains here a lot of times and then cloudy days and temps staying in the 70s.


The bottom 2 inches never had a chance to drain or dry out so the roots got water logged for way too long then the next rain came and just didn't help. Plant wasn't as healthy as one with bottom holes or in ground. Side holes are a bad idea if you get many days with rain or clouds.


You can do a couple of little holes on the bottom and larger ones on the side. You need a bottom drain otherwise water may sit there for days and cause problems
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Well since today was sunny and a warm 52 degrees, I spent the afternoon cleaning my garden spot. Pulled and raked old dried plants and leaves. Sure looks a lot nicer. Now to wait until the end of May and I'll till it real good and start planting.
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Old 02-28-2016, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Every location and climate is different. Be careful. I tried that, horrible.

We get heavy or consistent rains here a lot of times and then cloudy days and temps staying in the 70s.

The bottom 2 inches never had a chance to drain or dry out so the roots got water logged for way too long then the next rain came and just didn't help. Plant wasn't as healthy as one with bottom holes or in ground. Side holes are a bad idea if you get many days with rain or clouds.

You can do a couple of little holes on the bottom and larger ones on the side. You need a bottom drain otherwise water may sit there for days and cause problems
i think you're a bit far north for that. it worked when i lived in the south and had to water some pots twice a day.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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i think you're a bit far north for that. it worked when i lived in the south and had to water some pots twice a day.
Agree. The 2 posters I responded too don't have a location shown so no idea where they are but hopefully my post helps those who think its a good idea but in a climate that doesn't help that idea.


The south not only see's longer drier days then the north but is hotter. So evaporating the bottom pool of water comes easier in the south.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:24 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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The garlic I planted a couple of weeks ago is starting to sprout.
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Hurrah veggie garden 2016 has started! For me, anyway. I planted seeds for cold-season veggies today: an old pack of dwarf curly kale, snow peas, spinach, bok choi and that new caraflex cabbage! I cleaned out and repaired some of the raised beds and put up the supports for the peas. The kale is in a container with my own root apricot. It is the sole survivor of the 3 I got online.

I'll be adding string to the pea supports in the next few days. Hope they stay up. I tied one to the fence, but the others are tripods. I'm generally pretty crappy at putting up home-made trellis, but they seem sturdy enough now. I've read a lot about the peas I got, and SUPPOSEDLY they get high yields. I planted a POO load of seeds, so I can't wait.

This year, I'm starting my eggplant and pepper seeds early. I got a few different packs of hot peppers, and a couple of different eggplant. I'm fighting the good fight to get big yields, I HOPE this year. Also I planted out more garlic that I got at my beloved Lowes. The garlic I planted last year is hard-neck, and I put in some soft-neck yesterday.

Hard neck garlic gives you those hipster scapes LOL, but the garlic does not keep as long as soft neck. Hard neck is also the type used for kimchi and other korean food, if I'm not mistaken. So I'll have a mix this year. Can't wait to eat them because I LOVE garlic. It is medicinal and tastes good. I ate three of my rutabagas from last fall today. They were good. I'm still in love with rutabaga. Bugs bit some of them, but what can I say? Food that I just left in the ground all winter can't be beat. Rutabaga is also delicious.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:52 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Hurrah veggie garden 2016 has started! For me, anyway. I planted seeds for cold-season veggies today: an old pack of dwarf curly kale, snow peas, spinach, bok choi and that new caraflex cabbage! I cleaned out and repaired some of the raised beds and put up the supports for the peas. The kale is in a container with my own root apricot. It is the sole survivor of the 3 I got online.

I'll be adding string to the pea supports in the next few days. Hope they stay up. I tied one to the fence, but the others are tripods. I'm generally pretty crappy at putting up home-made trellis, but they seem sturdy enough now. I've read a lot about the peas I got, and SUPPOSEDLY they get high yields. I planted a POO load of seeds, so I can't wait.

This year, I'm starting my eggplant and pepper seeds early. I got a few different packs of hot peppers, and a couple of different eggplant. I'm fighting the good fight to get big yields, I HOPE this year. Also I planted out more garlic that I got at my beloved Lowes. The garlic I planted last year is hard-neck, and I put in some soft-neck yesterday.

Hard neck garlic gives you those hipster scapes LOL, but the garlic does not keep as long as soft neck. Hard neck is also the type used for kimchi and other korean food, if I'm not mistaken. So I'll have a mix this year. Can't wait to eat them because I LOVE garlic. It is medicinal and tastes good. I ate three of my rutabagas from last fall today. They were good. I'm still in love with rutabaga. Bugs bit some of them, but what can I say? Food that I just left in the ground all winter can't be beat. Rutabaga is also delicious.
How big is your garden area? Sounds nice, but also a lot of work. You must be young with lots of energy
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