wet bed squash root rot - Knowledgebase Question

Question by weinberg69
June 22, 2010
i wrote the bed is wet. u suggested the soil might be clay like and to add compost. The soil is very good,not at all clay like. should i still add compost? the bed is worse on 1 end. there is a pipe w/ holes in it to add water in at that end (not using) Do u think it's possible enough rain could get in there? it's strange but the bed is unlevel (2

Answer from NGA
June 22, 2010


Compost will help loosen the soil so it drains faster. I think the problem is that water is getting in from somewhere - rain, perhaps. It would be worth your while to dig around in the bed and see if you can uncover a drain pipe or other source of water leakage. Until you know where the excess moisture is coming from, you can't really fix the problem or help the bed to drain. Maybe the bed is lined with plastic or some other material that is making water collect instead of draining. You won't know until you explore. Hope you figure out the problem!

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