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Is a bottomless container still a container?

Posted by DixieGardner 7b (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 8, 14 at 16:18

I have raised beds, 4 x 12 feet. One of them is devoted to tomatoes...4 plants evenly spaced down the center of the bed. I would like to use some of the space at the edges for carrots and parsnips. I can get food grade 5 gal buckets from a nearby resturant. I was thinking of putting the tomatoes in these to get them higher and doing a better job staking them so they don't sprawl all over the place. I was wondering if I drilled several 3 or 4 inch holes in the bottom of the buckets if that would allow the tomato roots to go deeper and maybe have a bigger, healthier plant. Any thoughts on that? Should I fill the buckets as if they are containers?

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RE: Is a bottomless container still a container?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 8, 14 at 17:51

The buckets you described would become mini raised beds as soon as the medium inside the bucket comes in contact with the (ground) soil. Hydrology is what differentiates raised beds from containers. Because of this, you can get away with using much heavier (water-retentive) media in that sort of set-up than in conventional container plantings. It is very likely your plants WILL be bigger and stronger if you adopt what you're suggesting.


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