Vegetable/fruit container garden... layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot?
I want to grow some vegetables/fruits in containers and want to know if I should put a layer of gravel in the bottom of the containers to improve drainage
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I agree adding gravel does not aid with helping water travel faster through the soil, but I thought the purpose of the gravel was so that there isn't a layer of constantly saturated soil at the bottom of the pot?grumble wrote: ↑Jun 13th, 2019 8:29 amGravel is used to reduce the amount of soil you need to put into the pot, it it's deeper than you need it to be. It's also used to add weight to pots to help keep them from tipping.
It doesn't improve drainage, because fine-textured soil needs to saturate before it lets any water go to coarse-textured soil. Basically gravity isn't as strong as water tension, so the soil will get soaked through regardless of what you do.
To improve drainage, use container soil. This soil tends to be very light and fluffy with excellent drainage and aeration. Costs more, typically, but it works better. If you choose to mix it with garden soil, mix the whole thing together instead of layering it or you'll get the same issue.
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Wow u doing alot of things lolPointsHubby wrote: ↑Jun 13th, 2019 2:16 pmDon’t beat yourself up over this
Cuz for years we’ve all seen / heard / read that pots need something in the bottom for drainage
Be it gravel, broken pot shards etc
I definitely did it back in the beginning
Like others, I now just buy better soil
And make sure I use pots with a decent amount of drainage holes
We use ProMix
They have a variety of products for different applications
(like Seed Starting for beginning seeds in smaller flats indoors or out ... as well as different mixes for container gardening outdoors for Herbs, Veggies or Flowers)
This time of year, moving things Outdoors to bigger containers
My go to is Promix Organic for Herbs & Veggies
And I mix in a bit of Promix Organic Moisture Mix as well
So my biggest pots can hold onto the water a bit longer on the hottest summer days
I grow my tomato plants in 5 Gallon Pails
And stake them with bamboo poles
I grow my pepper plants in framed pots
https://www.teris.co/en/catalog/product ... mato-cage/
Or you can use Tomato Cages for both Tomatoes & Peppers
For both of these ... I throw in some crushed up egg shells
To improve calcium, and prevent blossom rot
Other plants I grow in containers (of varying sizes) includes
Lettuce Greens - Beans - Cucumbers - and Radishes
As well as lots of herbs
Gonna look at adding Beets, Carrots and possibly Potatoes this season
But they grow bigger (root veggies) ... so need a variety of bigger containers
Fruits are a whole other game
Most of them need to be planted in the ground... or very large containers
Like Whiskey Barrels ... wood, concrete, metal, and some fibreglass are the only things that can make it thru the winter outdoors with thaw & frost and not crack. Of these wood is usually best for fruits (just be sure an read up about types of wood, and dangers of staining etc)
Fruits are far more persnickety to grow than annual vegetables
And they need a lot more care year round
Like pruning, protection from critters, and to make it through the winter
Some may also require an acidic soil mix (like Blueberries)
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This was standard practice for years, and many gardeners still do it. But the science of this is that a layer of gravel results in a perched water table, so the soil remains wet above the gravel. http://www.clematisqueen.com/content/do ... containers
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Lol, not reallyraptors87 wrote: ↑Jun 13th, 2019 6:06 pmWow u doing alot of things lol
So far I got a couple hot peppers (habanero and scotch bonnet) and different colour bell peppers, basil, thyme and rosemary. I'm planning to get cherry tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes this weekend.
I was growing cherry and heirloom tomatoes from seeds since mid March and was growing well but it took too long indoor because of the ridiculous month of May with hot and cold weather. So It grew tall, skinny and weak indoor.
The only thing fruit plant I have is strawberry which I'm growing from seeds. I have a couple big plastic container probably 10-15gallon size. I haven't really thought it so far. You mean literally eggshells crumble in the soil? Lol
The bag of soil is what I used to fill the pot and also got cedar mulch as well which I haven't done that yet.