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Arianrhod 
Posted: 16-Jun-2004, 07:57 PM
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Sping and Summer have brought a good deal of rain to a lot of areas..
I myself find my potted plants positivly swimming !
Honest ! I saw my Lobelia doing the American Crawl...

Here are some of the solutions I use to help them dry out...

In the garden beds, I fork some peatmoss in..
its super absorbent.. lightens the soil and helps with drainage...

In my pots, I had to gently take all the plant material out...
Then use a trick I use for my huge pots, to make them easier to move..
First, I drilled a few more holes in the plastic ones..
if you don't have a drill ,get a big nail , hold it with plyers , heat it with a lighter,
it will go right thru ..
Then I fill them half way with packing peanuts,, great drainage.. and the pots are so much lighter..
It just KILLS me to PAY for DIRT ! so the less I use out of the bag, the better !

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Posted: 16-Jun-2004, 08:27 PM
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It has been raining here like everyday for ages. The sun comes out and you think i'ts gonna dry up and then comes a big ol' rain cloud and here comes the rain all over again! My Sir Thomas Lipton rose is blooming but I have noticed alot of the buds are turning yellow and falling off. sad.gif Good for the water table but bad for my roses!

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Posted: 17-Jun-2004, 08:18 AM
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We really have not had much rain this year witch is amazing cause we mine as well be the east coast Seatle. I have only had one rain out so far!!!
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Posted: 21-Jul-2004, 02:07 AM
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QUOTE (Arianrhod @ 16-Jun-2004, 07:57 PM)
Sping and Summer have brought a good deal of rain to a lot of areas..
I myself find my potted plants positivly swimming !
Honest ! I saw my Lobelia doing the American Crawl...

Here are some of the solutions I use to help them dry out...

In the garden beds, I fork some peatmoss in..
its super absorbent.. lightens the soil and helps with drainage...

In my pots, I had to gently take all the plant material out...
Then use a trick I use for my huge pots, to make them easier to move..
First, I drilled a few more holes in the plastic ones..
if you don't have a drill ,get a big nail , hold it with plyers , heat it with a lighter,
it will go right thru ..
Then I fill them half way with packing peanuts,, great drainage.. and the pots are so much lighter..
It just KILLS me to PAY for DIRT ! so the less I use out of the bag, the better !

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"Honest ! I saw my Lobelia doing the American Crawl"...

LOL!
Great suggestions Arianrhod..have you ever tried these?
Instead of peatmoss try using cedar filler..the cedar that you get to insulate animal houses and what you use to fill up the dog body pillows etc.? It is great, is just as good as peatmoss and in my area cheaper than peatmoss.. biggrin.gif You can purchase it at any home improvement store or pet store, maybe even Wal-Mart and it is enviromentally friendly (biodegradable) ..the more you buy the cheaper it is, such is the case with many things ~smile~ (we have become a bulk society) LOL..
Another trick I have tried is where you use packing peanuts, great idea!, I use finely shredded newspaper...still not having to pay for dirt and you are recycling!
Something else I found works quite well is pillow stuffing from an arts and crafts store..again they have it at Wal-Mart..it keeps the pots lightweight and it keeps them from getting water-logged..so not so much crawling or swimming going on with our potted plants LOL.. thumbs_up.gif
Just a few tricks I have found to work quite well.
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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 02:57 PM
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Ah packing peanuts are a gardeners friend !

I have also used them to lighten the clay here in SW PA..
that and sand.. have made my herb bed a happy spot smile.gif

I love the cedar idea !
Perhaps it will keep Bucky the Squriell and his buddies,
from planting peanuts and displacing other flowers in my pots !

Thanks Freekenny. good stuff !

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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 03:54 PM
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We need rain in SW Ohio. We have had a few showers. But nothing of any substance. It only rains long enough to get the ground wet, and then stops. Which raises the humidity. It rain hard last night for about 10 mintutes, then we had HEAVY winds, and an awesome lightning storm...that's it..the humidity is 91 % today.....GRRrrrrrr.
WE NEED RAIN! Ground is solid up to 9-10 inches down. unsure.gif sad.gif


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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 07:34 PM
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Posted: 11-Nov-2004, 03:10 PM
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Rain...we seem to be getting more and more of it every year!
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