It's funny you mention the surface root growth, lately when I disturb the surface soil, I can see lots of white whispery roots. It kind of surprised me to see them. Maybe this is more likely to be seen in containers ? maybe the roots have no other place to go. I was thinking of adding some more soil to the surface, good or bad idea ? I assume you coat hanger trick will not hurt the roots. Thanks for your input.SP8 wrote:In my containers with tomatoes the surface root growth can get extremely thick and cause the water to pool up like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve described. What youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find is that when this happens the water will soak down at the points of least resistance which more often than not is at the sides of your container and run straight out the bottom without watering the plant (excessive mulching can also cause this).
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a metal coat hanger which IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve straightened out which I use to jab a bunch of holes right down to the bottom of the container every now and then. This helps to stop pooling, aerates the roots and ensures the entire root system gets a drink.
Ones in cm.....hardland wrote:P.S What size containers do you use?