It was nice and wet a few days ago and today it's dry and wilty.
(Nasturtium seedlings; they don't shade the surface yet.) The basket is
hanging in bright shade and gets a little sun early in the morning.
Would spraying the surface with a little soapy water help?
Yes, that's excellent advice.
Soil is like a sponge.
Place a completely dry sponge under the faucet and it takes a long
while before it absorbs water.
Place a slighly damp sponge under the faucet and it immediately takes
This is a property of surface tension in water, where water molecules
attract other water molecules, in effect pulling water into the
Soaking the pot in a bucket of water, or even the kitchen sink will do
Also, don't shy away from mixing things into the potting soil to
improve water retention.
You may even place a wet sponge or two at the bottom of the pot, on top
of a gravel mixture if your prefer.
I can do that now, while the plants are small. Once they are streaming
three feet over the sides, it won't be practical.
I watered them from the top this morning and most of the water just ran
through. But I checked it a couple of hours later and the little bit of
water that had soaked in had spread all throughout the soil, and it was
receptive to more water now.
it is a good idea to place a high absorbent diaper on the bottom. it has those
holding crystals and the plastic facing down. the watering will hold better.
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