So your potting soil is too wet huh, We’ve all been there. When your first starting out with container gardening, you will find something is always either too dry or too wet. That can be a problem when trying to grow and maintain healthy plants. But fear not! It’s an easy fix solution to the problem and it start’s with knowing why it happens to begin with.
The problem: why is my potting soil always too wet?
A few factors go into this, but to sum it up in a few brief points:
- You don’t have enough drainage in the container
- The soils is packed too densely
- you are simply over watering a plant that might not need as much to begin with
- The type of soil you have may be hydrophobic
- Drill a few additional drainage holes in the bottom of the container
- Loosen compacted soil a bit and create smaller channels or holes in the soil
- Look up the plant you are having difficulties with and see how often it actually needs to be watered. We wrote an article on this here
- Make sure you are using the appropriate type of soil for your particular plant
Some more options to consider
Why not make your life easier and remove the need to do any manual watering at all? No mo problems as they say. You should consider setting up a Raindrip R560DP automatic watering kit Or something similar to take care of everything for you. What is that? Basically it’s everything you need to get started with drip irrigation and automating all your watering jobs. Definitely a great time saver and allows you to grow more with out adding an addition workload to your already busy schedule.
or you could end up going a bit cheaper and check out the auto watering stem. They are more affordable but are not automated. You will need to manual fill them up every once and a while (it depends on the plant and how much water it is drinking). But it’s a good option since the plant will only take what it need’s, so no risk of drowning it.
You should consider these options as a way to remove the labor and uncertainty that comes with watering manually. While they are a bit more expensive than just dumping in water yourself, in the long run it can allow you to expand your garden way more than you thought you could as well as gives even more time to do other things during the day. I hope this article answered your question!