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Save Soil When Using Big Pots

By Dutchlady1
October 16, 2011

When planting in a very large container or pot, first fill to one third with styrofoam pieces or peanuts before adding the soil. The roots will find their way around the material, and the pot will be less heavy and easier to move around.

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sandnsea2
Oct 15, 2011 6:43 PM CST
Helps with drainage too.
Orchids do well with this planting method.
Thanks!
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ClanCampbell
Oct 15, 2011 9:07 PM CST
And you don't have to use as much potting soil to fill the container! Plus it puts those annoying peanuts to good use Rolling on the floor laughing

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Aguane
Oct 15, 2011 9:30 PM CST
Good tip. I've used it in the past.
Guess you'd want to be sure to not use the "peanuts" make of cornstarch... They melt when in contact with water. Blinking
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bsavage
Oct 15, 2011 10:18 PM CST
As Susie said, be sure they are not the biodegradeable kind. I filled half a large container with packing peanuts for a topiary, woke up the next morning to a sunken topiary... tricky re-planting, but successful!

But yes, a GREAT tip for recycling the regular packing peanuts!
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Dutchlady1
Oct 16, 2011 4:25 AM CST
And not just the peanuts, I also break up the big chunks that are used for packing electronics and use those in a similar fashion.
Good point about being aware not to use the biodegradable kind, thanks for pointing that out!
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SongofJoy
Oct 16, 2011 6:16 AM CST
This tip works very well. Saves both money and your back. I highly recommend it. Thumbs up
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Sheila_FW
Oct 21, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Don't have access to peanuts but egg cartons and mushroom boxes work.
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Maridell
Jun 15, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Maybe this is where I got this idea from lol....anyway I used it about two days ago and love that the pots are lighter and easier to move.
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Oct 10, 2013 9:04 AM CST
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I hope you put a barrier between the peanuts and the soil?
If not when you replace soil or dump pots it takes a very long time to sort peanuts from soil Sad (from experience)
I just use weed barrier It lets water drain through .
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greene
Jul 20, 2014 8:26 AM CST
I do something similar but use empty drink cans, with the holes facing downward, covered with a layer of landscape fabric.
On extra large pots I use two layers of cans.
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