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I know this is an never ending question but I can't figure out if this is too much water or not enough. They tend to pick up a little but not fully during the night but as soon as the sun hits them, down they go. These two are one Early Girl and the other a Red Beefsteak which both already have small fruit on them.

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I've been reading and looking at pics of Bacterial Wilt I'm thinking maybe this is what this is. It says to cut off a stem and if a white milky substance comes out, it's infected, if it's brown it's OK. I did this and nothing comes out, the stem is solid green with nothing coming out of it. I also checked the moisture with one of those meters and it is really wet so maybe I need to let it dry out for a dew days and see what happens. Any thoughts, anyone?

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Well IMO. Sometimes it is hard to tell over watering to underwatering. Are you planting in pots, a raised bed Or a conventional garden.
Perhaps try what one might do in a potted plant...stick your finger down into the dirt. If it is dry say to your first knuckle, water. ( I usually give about 1 gallon per plant). If not do not water . Try that and see if there is an improvement.


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These are in a raised bed. I did test with a meter and it said it was really wet but I'll try the finger test and see what that tells me. You said you water 1 gallon per plant, how often do you do that?

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I water it when it is dryish...and that depends on the weather. But try checking every other day. You may be able to water every 3 days...right now, ( it is spring here)

Keep us posted.


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I'll keep checking and let you know when it dries up enough to water again, so far this will be 3 days without watering and the soil is still soaked.

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Yes, it sounds as if you were over watering. I have a raised bed, and with mine, the top looks dry but if I check, the dirt down a bit is wet. But do keep checking. To dry is not good either. What does your meter say.


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