Self-Watering Containers and Soil Health

Unknown Gardener

For the past several years we have been using self-watering containers for many of our plants – especially tomatoes. The containers are plastic tubs we bought from Walmart that have been modified to have a water reservoir and use capillary action to draw water up into the soil mass. This year many of the plants we grew never really seemed to be that great. The leaves were pretty thin and pale and the volume of fruit/vegetables has been less than I would expect. At first I attributed it to the weird weather – 90+ degrees one week and 75 the next starting in Jan. After a while though it occurred to us that it was actually the soil that was the problem. Rather the lack of nutrients. My wife started adding some liquid fertilizer and the plants immediately and noticeably responded. We had been succession planting without really doing much…

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