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lots of leftovers

Posted by irun5k St Pete, FL (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 10:12

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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RE: lots of leftovers

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 12:31

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.


RE: lots of leftovers

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.


RE: lots of leftovers

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.

RE: lots of leftovers

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

RE: lots of leftovers

Hi Brian,

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

Hope all is well down in Florida!

Take care,


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