Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Spring Fever Anyone?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:10 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:02 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Today at 12:15 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by countrynaturals Today at 12:07 pm

» Cauliflower
by yolos Today at 12:04 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Today at 11:44 am

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by AtlantaMarie Today at 6:24 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 2:56 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Today at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:18 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:02 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:04 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» New England January 2017
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:11 pm

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by yolos 1/19/2017, 9:45 pm

» Hi from Acworth GA
by AtlantaMarie 1/19/2017, 9:40 pm

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 6:14 pm

» California's Drought
by sanderson 1/19/2017, 5:46 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by has55 1/19/2017, 3:32 am

» heirloom seed companies around a lot of the world
by ralitaco 1/18/2017, 10:58 pm

» What about ink on newspaper and cardboard for mulch?
by Scorpio Rising 1/18/2017, 9:23 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan 1/18/2017, 7:20 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 1/18/2017, 9:23 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Soil dries out super fast!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Soil dries out super fast!

Post  annasartasylum on 3/14/2014, 4:55 pm

I started gardening last fall and I could water every other day or less. Now it got a little warmer (around 70F) and the soil dries out like crazy. I watered this morning and few hours later the soil is completely dry few inches deep. My seeds don't germinate because I can't keep up with watering. I had to sow watermelon seeds again today and I covered the bed with white planket so they wont dry out again. It's super annoying. I don't even want to think what will happen when it's 90-100F in a few weeks. 
I used probably 50% compost and the rest is peat moss and vermiculite.
Should I mulch and what should I use/ where do I get it? Would drip irrigation help?
I would appreciate any help. Thank you

annasartasylum

Female Posts : 35
Join date : 2013-10-17
Location : N. Florida (zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Soil dries out super fast!

Post  sanderson on 3/14/2014, 5:27 pm

Mulch!!  1 or 2 inches or more.  I use playground wood chips.  Others use different products like straw or pine needles.  It's 80 degrees here and my MM is drying quickly.  Time to finish mulching around my seedlings.

For direct sowing, I use little sections of TP rolls to keep the mulch off the direct spot of the seeds. May be overkill, but it works for me. I remove them when I think the seedling can fend off drifting chips. Onions from seeds:


Direct sowed carrot seedlings in plastic containers.

sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 12680
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Soil dries out super fast!

Post  annasartasylum on 3/14/2014, 8:12 pm

Thank you Sanderson! The TP roll idea is great!! I was wondering how to put mulch around seedlings without them getting covered up. I will get mulch asap!

annasartasylum

Female Posts : 35
Join date : 2013-10-17
Location : N. Florida (zone 9)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Soil dries out super fast!

Post  Sponsored content Today at 1:13 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum