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Post  boffer on 4/6/2011, 1:54 am

It looks like one of the hot items this year is grow bags. They can be used to grow potatoes, flowers, etc

Along that line, would sfg 'grow boxes' be feasible? They would be an inexpensive way to set up a box for a season. One way to make one, would be to use 4 feet wide weed cloth. Cut 2 pieces 6 feet long. Lay one on the other at 90*. That would give you a 4x4 double layer, with a 1 foot piece on each side to fold up to make the sides of the box. I don't know the best way to fasten the corners.

For someone pinching pennies the first year, that makes the 'box' nearly free. When funds permitted, they could build a 'real' box around the grow box, right where it sits.

Would it work? I'm thinking of it as a way to help folks afford the Mel's Mix.
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Post  middlemamma on 4/6/2011, 2:00 am

I'll be watching this post I am interested. I think this could work but I have nothing to offer for the corners...
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Post  walshevak on 4/6/2011, 4:40 am

How about 2ft wooden stakes placed 2 at the corners and 1 at each foot mark. Grids could be attached to the tops of the stakes. Staple to the stakes.

Or cut 4x4 pieces and fold up the side 6" treating the corners like wrapping a gift box and staple. That way the wrapped corner would not leak MM. Bed would only be 3x3 but might actually hold up better.

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Post  Barkie on 4/6/2011, 9:51 am

Could some wire netting or straw bales be had cheap to make an outer frame for the black liner. Wire could be re-used as a trellis after and the straw composted or laid as path then composted after the permanent bed is built. Do you have "850kg builders bags" which gravel and sand are delivered in?

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Post  boffer on 4/6/2011, 10:18 am

@Barkie wrote: Do you have "850kg builders bags" which gravel and sand are delivered in?

No, but they would probably be perfect. Are they available to the public when they wear out?

My wife and I used to watch Ground Force with Alan Titchmarch. He always had product delivered in them, and we got the biggest kick out of seeing them-how practical! It is difficult for us to get anything delivered that's less than a dump truck load. 10 cubic yards.
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Post  Barkie on 4/6/2011, 12:18 pm

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@Barkie wrote: Do you have "850kg builders bags" which gravel and sand are delivered in?

No, but they would probably be perfect. Are they available to the public when they wear out?

My wife and I used to watch Ground Force with Alan Titchmarch. He always had product delivered in them, and we got the biggest kick out of seeing them-how practical! It is difficult for us to get anything delivered that's less than a dump truck load. 10 cubic yards.

I used to watch Ground Force as well.

The driver winches the bag off the wagon, drops it and the bag is yours but you can take it back to the supplier for them to dispose of. I guess a supplier would save a returned one for someone if they asked nicely.

Same prob I have with City Compost, some counties let you collect it for free but not mine, it's a ton or none. Maybe 8 cubic yards. I've no idea of the size of their trucks for reversing into my gateway. BTW I'm glad you told me about that coz I'm not up to speed with how things are done in your neck of the woods.

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Post  boog1 on 5/3/2011, 12:51 pm

i got a roll of 4ft wide cloth, I'll see what i have on hand to make sides out of and see how it'll fan out cost wise. would b interesting to see if it'll work. lord knows i gots the room to try it. "low cost startup ideas for sfg boxs". it'll keep me from goin stir crazy. i gots the next month off due to all the stuff that happened in japan, suppyin parts to toyota is notta good place ta b workin at the moment.



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Post  Hoggar on 5/3/2011, 1:15 pm

How about a Bagster 2-1/2 ft. H x 4 ft. W x 8 ft. L Home Depot dells them for $30 you could fold down the sides for more support and punch some holes in the bottom for drainage if its water tight.


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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 5/7/2011, 7:52 am

Hi,
I think you could run landscape fabric through a sewing machine, just do not use your good machine. Birds and Bloom magazine has a short one page blurb on using recycle shopping bags as your planter. They comment that they are good for apartment folk, as you can pick up the handles and move them. All the article says is to fill your bag with potting soil and plant, do not see a reason that mel's mix would work any differently. I might have to try it. I will report back later.

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Post  walshevak on 5/7/2011, 8:10 am

I just created liners for my wire hanging baskets and stands by cutting circles of landscape fabric and pleating and stapling the top to create a bowl. It holds potting mix and drains. It doesn't look bad inside the wire hangers and it was a lot less expensive than the coir liners.


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