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  •  I'd actually recommend cutting a HUGE hole (11+ / 0-)

    in the bottom, and covering it with some chicken wire on the inside and some rocks to hold that in place. Or use landscape fabric like Noddy did with her pools.

    That way you've got a larger area for drainage and something to help hold in the soil.

    Often the problem with poking holes is that if they're small enough to keep the dirt in they're not really large enough for drainage.  

    •  These containers are sitting on (12+ / 0-)

      my redwood deck so I'm trying to avoid having the soil in contact with the deck itself. I put a 2x6 under them and I don't think I blocked the small holes that I drilled in the bottom. I think I used a 1/4 inch drill bit to make the holes and there was some cracking of the plastic around the holes. But, that still might not have been enough drainage.

      I'm really not much of a gardener at all. The only luck I seem to have is with small clay containers holding various flowers and herbs. The thyme and rosemary do really well in my other containers but that's pretty much the limit of my success.

      The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

      by Mr Robert on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 02:23:53 PM PST

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      •  Try heating up the drill bit (13+ / 0-)

        Melting through the plastic will keep it from cracking. An old worn out bit and some fire will get it done. Jalapeno heat is very variable. There is a lot of genetic variation in them. Some are very mild and some are downright scorching. If heat is what you are after try planting some seeds from one that you KNOW is a hot one. A lot of pepper freaks I know will grow them from seed because they can control that heat factor. Size is another issue, they need a steady supply of moisture, but don't like to stay constantly wet. If you are wondering what the moisture is like down at the bottom of the root zone, poke a dowel rod or broom handle down there and see what it is like. If it sounds like a cow's hoof coming out of the muck, well there ya go, too much and bad drainage. If it is clean as a whistle and not a bit of residue on the wood, on the dry side. Just a nice remnant of soil and the hint of moisture on the wood? Perfect! Sort of like checking a cake with a toothpick.

        Putting on the spectacles of science in expectation of finding an answer to everything looked at signifies inner blindness. -- J(ames) Frank Dobie

        by cactusflinthead on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 03:25:27 PM PST

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