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CULT: Dry Soil

From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>

Hi All,
We have had extremely hot weather here in Victoria (Australia). The temp 
soared to 40C Friday and Saturday, but we had rain all day Sunday and 
it's like winter again now. 
I have been preparing a new garden bed for planting, and the soil is 
imported, supposedly a mixture of Compost and Sand. With the rain all 
day yesterday, I thought the soil would be well wet, but cultivation 
showed that only the top 1/4" was damp, the rest dry. I put the soaker 
hose on it for 2 hours, and this morning it is still bone dry beneath 
the first 1" of soil. The water does not appear to be running off. I 
have cultivated it thoroughly again, and intend to soak it for another 2 
hours. I thought I'd go to the local garden centre and ask about wetting 
agents. With summer coming on, I need to know I can get water dowm to 
the roots of anything I plant there.
Anyone else had this experience, and have any ideas?

Cheers, Jan Clark, in Australia, Where WITCHING is currently putting up 
a reblooming stalk.

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