Drainage issues after repotting

I bought some young tomato and strawberry plants today to grow in containers as I have a small garden. I planted these out using grow bag compost specifically for fruit and veg into a rattan hanging basket (3 tomato plants into a 14") and the strawberry into a tub on its own. I watered them both until the soil was soaked as I was advised to encourage root development. The problem is that neither the basket or the tub appeared to have any water dripping out of the drainage holes once watered (about 6 holes in the bottom of the tub and 3 slits made in the lining of the rattan basket) and the water just seems to be sitting on the top layer. I don't know what I've done wrong and am quite concerned as I think I ruined my tomatoes a couple of years ago by leaving them in waterlogged soil.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Also an indication of how much water I should be giving each plant daily would be really helpful as there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer to this on the net and from past experience I don't think my instincts are too reliable in the case of gardening! Many thanks :)
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Sounds like you need to re-pot with the bottom inch (2.4cm), or more, in rock and sand, in order to keep the drains open.
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Thanks Billy, I've done this now with all pots, putting a layer of broken terracotta at the base and creating more drainage holes. Unfortunately it seems to have made no difference. The water just seems to be sitting on the top layer and not even reaching the drainage holes. I don't know if its the fact that I mixed in some water retaining granules or that the compost was not bone dry when I first poured it out of the grow bag and into the pots??? Or posibly I'm jut giving too much water but I'd say I used a quarter of a small watering can on each this tme and still the same problem. Grrrr :(
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Makes no sense, unless the granules are swelling and creating an impermeable layer. I've read that the granules can hold up to 500 times their own weight in water. Try it without the granules. See how the size compares now that they're wet, to when you put them in. If it doesn't drain without the granules, it has to be the potting soil, or something else is hermetically sealing the drain hole.
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How much of the water retaining stuff did you use? Offhand, it sounds like _way_ too much.
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When you say that the water is sitting 'on' the top layer, do you mean that it is actually not soaking into the potting mix?
If you do mean that, then it sounds like the potting mix is water repellant and until you can rewet it then nothing will work.
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