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Jun 3, 2020 2:10 PM CST
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Name: Nicole
Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b)

I have a vegetable garden, all in containers. All the containers have drainage holes which i created with a drill. I have used potting mix in all the containers. My plants seem to be flourishing but I've been reading and I am worried the water is draining too fast. I live somewhere between zone 7a and 7b. I started with seedlings (tomato, peppers, cucumbers) and they are all growing well. When i fertilized and watered today i noticed i saw water immediately come out of the drainage holes, not all of them but enough to slightly puddle (i have all pots raise on a beam to allow for drainage). The soil doesn't seem hard or compacted, as I am able to easily fork through. I am new to gardening and don't know if I am overthinking it.

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Jun 3, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Your plants look very good so I imagine that the drainage is fine.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Your plants look great! Next time you water, stick your finger down into the soil of the fast draining pots to check for moisture. If the soil is dry a couple inches down, you have a problem. If its wet, all is good. I suspect you will find the soil is wet after you water, otherwise, you plants wouldn't look as good as they do.
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Jun 3, 2020 3:07 PM CST
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Name: Nicole
Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b)
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Thank you both! I'm super excited that this is going so well. There's so much information online its almost overwhelming. I just want to make sure I am caring for each plant correctly. And Daisy you are right! I went to the deck and checked and the soil is definitely wet. I'll definitely provide updates. I am glad to be part of a gardening community.
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