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Team Containers or Team Ground?

By Trish
February 5, 2012

This week the topic is container gardening. Team Containers love to utilize containers, and Team Ground would rather just use the ground. Share your experiences with us!

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Name: Rick Corey
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Feb 6, 2012 3:56 PM CST
Does a raised bed count as "in the ground" or as a "container"? I grow almost entirely in raised beds because not even weeds thrive in my clay-and-rock "soil".

I would say an RB is "the ground" as long as the floor is open to something more permeable than rock. Even if a raised bed is on top of heavy heavy clay that water runs right off, it still counts as "ground".

On the other hand, if you put down a floor of heavy plastic to keep roots out of the bed, I think you have to call it a very big, long planter.

What about a "lasgna bed" laid on top of heavy cardboard? Still "ground", I think, because water will pass through corrugated cardboard and hence there is no perched water. And the cardboard surely disintegrates in a year or two.

Name: Trish
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I think that's a whole 'nuther Team poll! Rolling on the floor laughing
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