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Post  Hasselback on 6/5/2012, 12:16 am

For various reasons, I want to plant a few items outside of my normal 4x4 boxes. I've done some number crunching (do not ask to see my work, I don't have to do that anymore), and I figure that the volume of Mel's Mix that would be contained in a 1' by 1' square, 8" deep would be about like filling one of those 5 gallon plastic pails up to about 11" or so. I'm planning on cutting drainage holes in the bottom and lining it with some of that porous plastic sheeting to keep the stuff in, so drainage should be good.

What do you think? Has anyone tried this before?

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Post  Goosegirl on 6/5/2012, 12:30 am

MM is the ultimate container garden growing medium. Lots of us use MM in various containers instead of in the boxes. Sometimes we just run out of box space, sometimes we want plants where boxes do not fit (porch, small deck, dining room!)

Give it a go - we would love to see pics and hear about your results!

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Post  cheyannarach on 6/5/2012, 12:40 am

@Goosegirl wrote:MM is the ultimate container garden growing medium. Lots of us use MM in various containers instead of in the boxes. Sometimes we just run out of box space, sometimes we want plants where boxes do not fit (porch, small deck, dining room!)

Give it a go - we would love to see pics and hear about your results!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/5/2012, 3:21 am

yes....love MM in pots and containers!

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Post  llama momma on 6/5/2012, 6:14 am

The only place I won't use Mel's Mix again is in my windowboxes. The 1/3 portion of compost ( I use a lot of aged manure ) seemed to make the boxes much too heavy in my opinion. I didn't want to stress the wall brackets with that kind of extra weight.
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Post  Kelejan on 6/5/2012, 10:52 am

@llama momma wrote:
The only place I won't use Mel's Mix again is in my windowboxes. The 1/3 portion of compost ( I use a lot of aged manure ) seemed to make the boxes much too heavy in my opinion. I didn't want to stress the wall brackets with that kind of extra weight.

So what will you be using, llama momma? Two thirds of MM is lightweight, and you need the compost for nutrition. Or is it that the peat and verm soak up the water and makes things heavy?
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Post  walshevak on 6/5/2012, 5:59 pm

@Hasselback wrote:For various reasons, I want to plant a few items outside of my normal 4x4 boxes. I've done some number crunching (do not ask to see my work, I don't have to do that anymore), and I figure that the volume of Mel's Mix that would be contained in a 1' by 1' square, 8" deep would be about like filling one of those 5 gallon plastic pails up to about 11" or so. I'm planning on cutting drainage holes in the bottom and lining it with some of that porous plastic sheeting to keep the stuff in, so drainage should be good.

What do you think? Has anyone tried this before?

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Post  llama momma on 6/5/2012, 6:10 pm

@Kelejan wrote:
@llama momma wrote:
The only place I won't use Mel's Mix again is in my windowboxes. The 1/3 portion of compost ( I use a lot of aged manure ) seemed to make the boxes much too heavy in my opinion. I didn't want to stress the wall brackets with that kind of extra weight.

So what will you be using, llama momma? Two thirds of MM is lightweight, and you need the compost for nutrition. Or is it that the peat and verm soak up the water and makes things heavy?

My window boxes have flowers so I'm using a purchased product called pro mix. But I'm very sure when I used my Mel's mix in last years window boxes it was much heavier. Maybe for fun I should put the purchased mix and Mel's mix in identical containers and weigh them. before shooting my mouth off!
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Post  SwampCatNana on 6/5/2012, 6:24 pm

Kay, where did you get those containers? They are perfect for maters! Nice and deep for the roots!
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Post  RoOsTeR on 6/5/2012, 6:35 pm

@SwampCatNana wrote:Kay, where did you get those containers? They are perfect for maters! Nice and deep for the roots!
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Those are "homer" buckets from Home Depot...

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Post  SwampCatNana on 6/5/2012, 6:43 pm

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@SwampCatNana wrote:Kay, where did you get those containers? They are perfect for maters! Nice and deep for the roots!
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Those are "homer" buckets from Home Depot...

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