Leaves at bottom of contaier?

TheMasterGardener1(5B)October 17, 2012

I read somewhere online that filling the bottom half of the containers with leaves and the top half filled with potting mix can be a great way to say on soil fo your outdoor garden.

What are some disadvantages to this?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The leaves will decompose pretty darned quickly in those conditions. Then you'll be left with what could be sludgy mess in the bottom of your container..and your plants sitting several inches lower than you intended.

You need to use something that won't disappear. Some people use empty plastic bottles or cans. I've used those webbed onion and potato bags, filled with styrofoam peanuts. I really like how that works!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 4:36PM
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jonfrum(6)

Wouldn't it be better to just use a smaller container?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 10:42PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

What's the goal, to increase the amount of potting medium you have by adding leaves or decreasing the volume of potting soil in a container by filling up the bottom? If it's the first, why not just mix it all together? If it's the latter, why not just use a brick?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 2:05AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

What's the goal, to increase the amount of potting medium you have by adding leaves or decreasing the volume of potting soil in a container by filling up the bottom? If it's the first, why not just mix it all together? If it's the latter, why not just use a brick?

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 2:06AM
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