think my biggest problem last year with my container garden is i did not have adequate drainage and that is why my seeds got water logged and floated to the top. i shoved them back down except for the ones that had cracked when they swelled and only half of those ever came up. i also did not add enough organic material to my soil mix and the combination of all that is probably why they did not get going real good till mid may when drought season hit and over watering just could not be a problem anymore.@Betty.. I never said anything about you packing things in and out, but I thought that was a wasted effort too. Except for my corn field, my stuff is in raised beds also. Then when the corn is about 8 inches to a foot tall, I will come back and plant beans beside the corn and let the vines climb the corn stalk and I don't have to worry about poles for the beans.
I live at the foot of a hill and water was draining down toward the back and side of the house and I dug drainage ditches at the crest of the hill to take the run-off down each side and away from the house, then took landscaped timbers and built up about 18 inches high and about 2 feet out from the house and filled the area with a base of dirt. All winter long I throw egg shells, coffee grounds, and potato peelings on top of the dirt mixed in with chicken poo and chicken poo'd hay from the barn and plant my tomatoes in that fencing it off with chicken wire tacked to my 18 inches of landscape timbers. That keeps the chickens from getting most of my tomatoes and stops the run-off water from going under my house. As the tomato vines grow, I take tin snips and open larger holes in the chicken wire and let the tomato plants grow out through the holes I made. The chickens can still mess up a few of the tomatoes that grow on the outside of the wire, but those inside the wire.... ARE MINE!!! LOL
this year i soaked them for a few hours per your suggestion and i fixed my drainage problem with larger holes and filling the bottom with gravel and packing peanuts.... i think that's why they are doing so well. things that like to be absolutely drowned in water and then dry out at the end (like my cabbages) did really well last year. gee i wonder why...lol
for my organic material i have two five gallon buckets full of a years worth of coffee grounds, leftover leaves from tea bags, fine ground eggshells , ground up leaves and pine needles, and fish meal. going to mix that with my chicken poo and get all my seedlings in their containers tomorrow. guess i will just dump some poo on top of the beans since they are already in their final pot.
that's a really good idea with the corn being the stake for your beans.... i saw a you tube video of a man who was doing that for the first time with his corn and beans but never gave an update on whether it choked out his corn and dampened production which seemed to be his concern. i still have another whole pack of beans i suppose i could try that with..... would also like to compare my container yield to those that grow with the corn.
what do you think about her telling me to give my peppers and tomatoes a good shake? have you ever heard of that one before..... i have always heard that when you transplant its good to rustle the roots or "tickle the roots" as some say to stimulate good root growth but i never thought about jarring them around so they will have nice thick stalks.... if they begin to droop or are a little leggy i have orchid holders i clip on them and that tends to keep my maters off the ground.
yep over obsessing again..... guess i should just put them in their pots and let them do their thing. probably the best thing that happened to my garden last year was my knee getting hurt and me not being able to hover over it all like a mama hen.