Watering question

Hey everyone, I have a question about watering.
Ok, here is my situation:
I have a backyard garden in boxes, over the past week or so we have gotten at least a bit of rain every day but not every day has rained the same amount and obviously not the same amount of water as I give them every day when it does not rain.
So... what is the solution? Do I keep watering every day or water a bit when it rains a bit and not at all when it rains hard?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks dave
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 17:25:36 GMT, "Lattés"

For containers, I stick my finger into the soil. If it's dry about one inch down, I water.
If it's wet about one inch down, no need.
Pat
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Is that wet or moist?
thanks d
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 19:40:24 GMT, "Lattés"

Moist, thank you.
I find that containers dry out MUCH faster than things planted in the ground. If there's any doubt about a container needing water, I water it.
I think it's difficult to over-water an outdoor container.
Pat
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On Thu, 24 Jul 2003 21:46:03 GMT, "Lattés"

You're welcome.
Last year, btw, I had I think 15 big black plant pots on our deck and harvested a whole lot of different veggies from them. This year, I have even more.
I love container gardening.
Pat
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Which brings up the question, what are the advantages and disadvantages to container gardening.
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On Fri, 25 Jul 2003 15:26:33 GMT, "Lattés"

One disadvantage: you do need to water much more often. OTOH, little of the water is wasted - all goes to the plants you're growing (except for the little bit that runs out the drain holes).
Another: you need to have some kind of containers, and something to fill them with - top soil mixed with peat, or soil-less mix, or (as in my case) spent-mushroom-soil, etc. If you use a soil-less mix or a low-nitrogen soil, you'd obviously need to feed the plants as well.
Those are the only disadvantages I can think of.
Everything I've grown in containers has done wonderfully and been very easy to tend. Almost no weeding necessary, the plants have grown vigorously and been super-productive.
If you need to cover the plants with floating row cover (cabbage butterflies, etc.), you can easily do so by making a cage of chicken wire and covering that with the row cover. Or by just draping the row cover directly over the plants. Chicken-wire cages can also support shade-cloth for lettuce in hot weather.
Pat
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