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Old 08-10-2018, 05:51 PM #1
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Dug Out Holes Holding Water

Hey everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has ever had an issue with overwatering or having their holes not drain well. I have quite a few plants in the ground and seem to have a few which are showing signs of overwatering, which I believe is do to the native dirt being clay and has now hardened up to the point that my holes are now working like a bowl that doesn't drain well or at all. Most of the plants are only exhibiting issues on the main stalk towards the tops while all the lateral growth seems unaffected. Just curious if anyone has had such issues and if things turned out alright or just got worse.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:48 PM #2
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[quote=paradoxlost;8351652]Where is the water table at?[/QUOTE

I'm not sure how far down the water table is. Guess it's something I should figure out.

Smug_pepe - Man that's terrible. These have been like this for a week or longer so hopefully they'll make it.
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Everyone i know that has done holes have dealt with this. Holes almost always don't drain. We have clay. The water doesn't drain and root rot is expected. Thats why 95% of new septics being dug here are engineered systems. Regular standard septics don't drain.
Holes here are just so hard to not over water. All you can do at this point is cut watering back. I would give them small amounts of water more frequently so it doesn't run down to the bottom. Have to be careful not to give them more them they are drinking. The only way to tell how much they are drinking is by starting low and watching for early signs of under watering and working your way up.
Everyone i know that have done holes have dealt with this. Next year put your soil on top of the clay in a mound, bed or smart pot.
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Maybe did a small hole beside your plants that goes deeper than their roots.
This way the excess water will pool there and drain away from your plants.
A small soil auger would be nice for this.
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Soil augur is worth the 40-50$ a day rental. Especially if you are working in clay soil.
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If your ground has too much clay you're stuck with a big problem.



if there is some drainage Calcium Sulphate also called Gypsum will improve drainage even when yr plants are quite advanced. they might turn yellowish for a day or so but the Gypsum won't hurt.


next time maybe make raised beds. I 've grown plants in six inches of soil over pure clay.


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Should have added a shit ton of perlite, vermiculite and even lava rock?
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I like the auger idea & if you can get to a drainage layer below the clay you may be OK digging into that layer and adding perlite to the augered drainage hole(s).
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I appreciate the responses everyone. This was my first outdoor run and I thought I was doing the right thing but digging holes but next year I'll certainly do some sort of raised beds or just containers. I may look into the auger idea as well. I'm just wondering if it's to late and root rot has already set in. They haven't got any better or worse during the last week but we just got hit with heavy rain so we'll see.
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Soil of my guerrilla, i want mix some manure.
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