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10 Things Your Garden Wishes You Knew

I'm So Thirsty, I'm About to Die
Feed Me!
Feed Me!

OK, so don't drown me, but don't deny me. I'm thirsty. Like, dying of thirst, actually. So, how about meeting me in the middle with the water thing? I have a sneaking suspicion that I have a drainage problem, and my soil is too loose. Here's a trick -- dig a hole in me over there near the okra, about a foot deep and 6 inches wide. Now, fill it up with water and let it drain out. OK, now fill it up again, and make a note of the time. If this batch of water takes less than three hours to drain, then it means my soil drains too fast and I need more water on a regular basis.