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Leaves at bottom of contaier?

Posted by TheMasterGardener1 5B (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 17, 12 at 16:03

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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RE: Leaves at bottom of contaier?

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!


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RE: Leaves at bottom of contaier?

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


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RE: Leaves at bottom of contaier?

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 18, 12 at 2:05

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?


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RE: Leaves at bottom of contaier?

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 18, 12 at 2:06

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?


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