lots of leftovers

irun5kFebruary 24, 2013

Hi all,

I severely overbought when I got the ingredients to make my 5-1-1 mix for this year :) It is incredible how much of this mix can be made for so little. Especially compared to the cost of pre-made potting mixes.

I would like fix up bags in the 5 gallon/.5 cf range that I could pass out to family/friends to try. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to package it?

I'm having the hardest time finding bags in the 5-gallon size. Ziplock has the big bags now but they are prohibitively expensive for this purpose- e.g. several dollars for a box of 3 bags.

Such bags could also be handy for storing smaller portions of my raw ingredients for various mixes. Appreciate any tips/ideas on where to look.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Have friends save their dog food/bird seed bags (some are HD and very durable) - the 3 gallon or so cat food buckets (cat litter?) are great, too. Make sure you save the bags the bark came in, too.


    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 12:31PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Good ideas, Al.

I mix batches for friends and family quite often, and I typically just use garbage bags. If I'm delivering a container, as well, I put the garbage bag with mix inside the container for transport.


    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 1:08PM
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Thanks all, reusing bags or containers is a great idea. I also happened to come across these plastic sandbags in Home Depot. I got 50 for around $15 and they are heavy duty and have an adhesive seal. I will have many uses for these, I imagine. They hold around 50 lbs of sand, I've approximated it to be about a 5 gallon bucket's worth of mix.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:30PM
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zackey(GA 8b)

Around here we can get free 5 gallon buckets with lids at the grocery store bakeries.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:04PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hi Brian,

Great idea on those bags... Your mix looks great!

Hope all is well down in Florida!

Take care,


    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:47AM
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