Newbish questions - please don't kill me!

Oxboy555(Las Vegas)August 20, 2013

Awesome forum -- I've spent the last two hours reading instead of working. However, searching hasn't helped we with two basics:

Preferred container types for hot, dry outdoors? Terra cotta? Plastic? Wood?

Preferred covering for drainage holes? Screen? Cloth? Some kind of mesh?

If there are existing links addressing, could you kindly point me to them? I read Al's basic principles article. Any others addressing basics? Thank you so much.

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

For container material, it depends on what you are growing, how big the containers are, and what mix you will use.

As far as drain hole covering, I don't cover the drainage holes for my outdoor veggies using the 511 mix. But I do have a small pot filled with gritty mix and I found some rubber mesh around the house, and used that. You can use anything that works.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:46AM
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I use old window screen that I had lying around the house, I've also heard adhesive drywall tape works well too.

Not sure the material the pots are made of matters too aful much...If your pots are in the sun, use light colored pots or pot in pot to keep the soil temps down.

Welcome to the forum!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 9:48AM
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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

Does Al cover his drainage holes and if so, with what?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 5:14PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia


When we use the gritty mix, you should use something to keep the mix from falling through the holes without stopping the drainage of the water.

Most of us use either screen that can be bought at the big box store that is sold in small rolls for replacement screens. You can also use plastic material that people use in cross stitch. Michaels Arts and Crafts sells these plastic squares that can be cut to size to cover the hole...

I believe Al does cover his holes with a screen material.

It works well for proper drainage and keeps the mix in its place...

Hope this helps...

Good luck.. Always ask questions..

We like to help !!

Take care,


    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 8:15PM
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