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Storage for Soil Amendments

By Sheila_FW
January 18, 2012

Charcoal bins with handles make great hoppers to keep soil amendments handy.

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plantladylin
Jan 17, 2012 6:15 PM CST
Sheila: What a great tip! I've only seen charcoal sold in bags but I don't use it so had no idea it was packaged in plastic bins like these. They look like they'd be perfect for storing stuff ... soil amendments as you suggest, or potting soil/potting medium ... even birdseed! Love it!
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Marilyn
Jan 17, 2012 6:26 PM CST
Since we don't use charcoal either, I wonder how much it would cost to get these, throw the charcoal away and use them for other uses like you and Lin stated.

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daylily
Jan 17, 2012 6:56 PM CST
I don't grill out either - so have never seen these bins. They look really nice!
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fiwit
Jan 17, 2012 8:06 PM CST
FWIW, I *use* charcoal, and have never seen these bins. Hilarious!

Where does one find them?
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woofie
Jan 17, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Me too! Those look really cool, but I've never seen them! Ha ha, I'd be tossing the charcoal, too, cause our BBQ uses propane. Hmmm, what else can you use charcoal for? Gotta be good for something in the garden........
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Sheila_FW
Jan 17, 2012 10:29 PM CST
They were at Lowe's. I have had mine a few years, but I did see them last spring there about 12.99 I think.
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Marilyn
Jan 17, 2012 10:36 PM CST
Sheila,

Did it state how many ounces is on those containers?

How tall and wide?

Thanks!

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RickCorey
Jan 18, 2012 2:00 AM CST
Rigid bins sound great.

I save and reuse the sturdier plastic bags (like 2 cubic feet) that pine bark or other amendments come in. I use them to store soil mixes that I've made, or screened bark mulch. If you bounce them up and down several times as you fill them, they tend to stand up a little more reliably.

Turning the lip inside out and folding it down several inches makes the bags tend to stay open, making scooping easier. The soil mix does tend to dry out excessivdely unless you fold the top together or lay something plastic over it, but it breathes better if you leave it open.

(Don't store soil mix damp, especially damp and sealed, or it tends to ferment anaerobically and produce acids and other things bad for root hairs.)

(Sometimes I use plastic bags as root barriers in raised beds, or to line the inner walls of raised beds so they don't dry out as fast - especially the corners.)

When I get a bottle of laundry detergent empty, I rinse it well and cut the bottom off. It makes a good stiff scoop for soil mix, amendments, coffee grounds, lime or fertilizer. I use the sides to press down and firm soil into cells or pots. The cut edge makes a good scraper to level the soil off on a tray of cells or pots.

I keep a very big, dulled stainless butcher knife to break up and stir bags of mix, coir or peat. It's bigger than a trowel and sturdier. Used from Goodwill: 69 cents. That used knife bin is also a good source of sturdy, rustproof, custom weeding and harvesting tools.
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Jan 18, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Very nice idea Sheila. Thumbs up
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Marilyn
Jan 18, 2012 6:27 PM CST
What I have been using (for years) for my birdseed to pour into the feeders and to store my smaller bags of dry plant food/soil admendments are these containers.

Here is a link of them at Duncraft, but you can get them locally at Lowe's and other places in the birdseed isle (that's where I get mine). They aren't that expensive locally and they are cheaper than at Duncraft.

http://www.duncraft.com/Seed-Storage-Container

I have seen extra tall ones at Meijer, but I haven't gotten any of that size yet. I don't know how much that costs. I never looked to see how much it was before.

The size on the Duncraft site is the size I mostly use for birdseed and gardening stuff. They are duel pour like it states on the link. A spout or a bigger opening for pouring.

They all have handles.

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Jan 20, 2012 2:08 PM CST
I agree
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RickCorey
Jan 23, 2012 1:19 PM CST
Cool pour-and-store tub! I like the spout.

I recently make a big funnel from heavy weight card stock, almost a foot accross at the top, so I could pour from big tubs and cans into smaller jars without spilling.

digger
Jan 24, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Can't remember the brand , but cat litter comes in a container similar to the charcoal . DH says it's Tidy Cat .I came across two of those and use them for dog food storage . Love them !
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Sheila_FW
Jan 25, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Marilyn.....They are roughly 18"H with 14" x 8" opening. I buy the 10 Qt potting soil since lifting is easier and it fills it with a little room to spare.

I used to use the cat litter bins too but they had to be lifted each time or I bend down to use them. These I just open the flap and dip. With the handle it is easy to fill my potting table pan too. I changed the location after space became an issue and they are on a shelf underneath the potting bench....which btw DH made from a free shop table for me!
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Marilyn
Jan 25, 2012 11:37 PM CST
Thanks Sheila! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up Thumbs up

Sounds like something I'd love also! Lovey dubby Green Grin! Hurray!

Have to look for them this year! Green Grin! Thumbs up
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Sheila_FW
Feb 5, 2012 1:22 PM CST
Check out what I saw at Lowes yesterday in the bird feeder section!! This one even has a spout on the opposite end.
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fiwit
Feb 5, 2012 3:59 PM CST
COOL!!! (I see a trip to Lowes in my future)
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crittergarden
Feb 9, 2012 10:52 AM CST
Good find, Sheila!
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Marilyn
Feb 14, 2012 6:21 PM CST
Cool! Thumbs up Hurray! Green Grin!
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