Vegetables and Fruit forum: Fabric pots - what do you set them on?

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central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Apr 14, 2016 11:48 AM CST
I'm going to try a few 20 gal fabric pots with tomatoes this year. I've never used fabric pots so don't know what they should reside in/on .... placed on the soil surface, in a saucer, on bricks, wood, or?

I have very hot summers with occasional downpours of rain but everything has to be watered daily once it turns hot unless we have a thunderstorm (which usually gives me a day off from watering). :-)

My thanks for your opinions or advice.

Myles
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Apr 14, 2016 1:53 PM CST
This will be my first year using fabric pots - planting potatoes. From what I've seen, you can set them on the driveway, on bare dirt, stones, etc. I'm not sure about setting them on grass since it would probably die off. I would not set them in saucers unless you empty the saucers after watering - might be like gardening in a bog. Setting them on a wood deck or patio might not be good either with moisture on the wood for a prolonged period. I'm sure someone much more knowledgeable will come along.
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mom2goldens
Apr 14, 2016 6:34 PM CST
I place mine right on the surface of my garden beds. I've have some fabric pots that are easily 5-6 years old and still in great shape. I agree with Cindy that they might smother grass, or collect too much moisture in saucers.
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SCButtercup
Apr 15, 2016 3:56 AM CST
I've used a grow bag and burlap bag for potatoes, just leaned up against fence and plopped on ground.
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Gymgirl
Apr 15, 2016 8:08 AM CST
right on the ground...or, on a small platform I made out of some recycled cedar fence pickets.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Apr 15, 2016 8:22 AM CST
like this... I tip my hat to you.
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central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Apr 16, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Thank You! to everyone who took time to reply. I so appreciate the help.

Myles

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