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A Quick Tip on Container Planting

By plantladylin
July 20, 2012

Soil Saver: For container gardens, to keep the soil from seeping out of the bottom of the container, use a coffee filter on the bottom before putting soil in the pot. The filters will last for quite a while before decomposing. I've also used mesh window screening (cut a piece to fit over the drainage hole and then add your soil).

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Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 19, 2012 7:27 PM CST

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I use several filters together. Just one seems to dissolve too fast.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2012 8:05 AM CST
If you're really cheap like me, you'll use the filters after they've been used to make coffee! Just shake and rinse the grounds off before putting it in there. Recycle, re-use! yada yada

You can fold them down to give several layers over the pot's holes, too. I've also used paper towel pieces when coffee filters have run out. They're longer lasting.
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Samigal
Jul 20, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Oh, is using coffee filters after they have been used, cheap?? nodding I had been using them too, but didn't like it when they decomposed and the soil start coming out. I then switched to some light weight black fabric I had here (taken out of someone's dumpster). It could be landscape fabric, don't know, but it seems to be working.
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gardenersdetective
Jul 20, 2012 3:50 PM CST
I put dryer lint at the bottom of containers. Green Grin!
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Samigal
Jul 20, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Dryer lint, what an idea! I sure do have a lot of that.
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Hemophobic
Jul 22, 2012 5:40 PM CST
I've also used folded up paper towels when I run out of coffee filters.

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Name: Judith Clausen
Denver, CO (Zone 6a)
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revclaus
Jul 23, 2012 12:12 PM CST
What I've used for 35 years is a piece of panty hose. I don't wear hose anymore and have a lot left. I just cut out a square to cover the hole or holes. Never wears out, still there when I empty the dirt.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 24, 2014 3:05 PM CST
You don't have to use new coffee filters either, shake out most of the grounds, and you can use the filter after it's made a pot of coffee for you, too. If you use the cone-style filters instead of the fluted ones like Lin's, just tear them down one side to spread them out.

I made prom dresses for my neighbor's daughter, two years in a row, and had some tulle (bridal veil netting) scraps left over. That stuff is also great for filtering at the bottom of a pot. I tried it to protect my figs on the tree, too, but the squirrels just tore right through it. Crying
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 26, 2014 11:33 AM CST

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Awww- sorry about your figs! Crying

Great idea about the tulle!!
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