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Holding Area for Plants

By Bonehead
January 11, 2013

If you have a sandbox, it makes a good holding area for plants you have not yet put into the ground, or those divisions you've potted up for sharing with others. It's easy to dig them in and out, a bit protected, and all in one place for watering.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 11, 2013 6:06 AM CST
When my grandchildren outgrew the sandbox, I reused it for gardening.
The bottom part holds several large containers which I plant and if I go away or it gets very warm---
I water and leave water in the sand box around them.
The lid of the sand box is now the cover for the compost pile. (A City of Calgary bylaw requires
a cover on all compost piles).
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valleylynn
Jan 11, 2013 9:28 AM CST
Love this idea Deb. I do the same way with the forest compost, it has a lot of sand mixed in and does very well for this purpose.
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Bonehead
Jan 11, 2013 11:56 AM CST
When my perennials start waking up in the spring, I break off chunks, pot them up and label, and store in the sandbox for 'give-aways' to anyone who happens to want them. We have new neighbors on either side of us this year, both young folks, and I anticipate giving both of them some starts this spring. Good feeling to share the wealth.
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LindaTX8
Jan 11, 2013 2:08 PM CST
Good idea! Maybe I'll put in a sandbox for potted plants someday.
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Bonehead
Jan 11, 2013 3:52 PM CST
I also find it useful for those times you need a bit of sand - to mix with seed before planting, to mark where you planted something, to discourage slugs. If it gets skimpy, I just add a bag of builders sand which is nice and fluffy.
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valleylynn
Jan 11, 2013 4:15 PM CST
We have bags of sand for flooding during the winter. One the flooding threat is gone we use the sand for adding to potting mixes, raised beds, etc. The stuff the bags are made of won't last more than a year or two.
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Marilyn
Jan 11, 2013 11:11 PM CST
LindaTX8 said:Good idea! Maybe I'll put in a sandbox for potted plants someday.


Keep an eye out for stray cats that want to use the sandbox too. Hilarious! Sad Whistling

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Gardadore
Jan 13, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Great idea. I have never bought builder's sand for the garden. Does one have to be careful about what's in it such as toxic materials? Are there different kinds of builder's sand to consider? I have read that playsand is not appropriate for the garden. Don't remember why!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 13, 2013 4:03 PM CST
Waiting to hear the answer to the above question.
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Bonehead
Jan 13, 2013 4:06 PM CST
I think it's just sand that has gone through a finer sieve, it doesn't have the small rocks that playground sand has. Generally is used for making mortar, so has to be finer. I've never thought about any toxicity it might have, just assumed it comes from the gravel pit. ??
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fiwit
Mar 25, 2013 4:57 AM CST
LindaTX8 said:Good idea! Maybe I'll put in a sandbox for potted plants someday.


But wouldn't that be a paradise for fire ants?
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lovemyhouse
Mar 25, 2013 6:45 AM CST
I love the idea of a sandbox holding pen.

Yeah, Marilyn, have a problem with the $*%&#$ using my mulched beds as litter boxes. The only upside of sand boxes in that respect is the leavings would be easier to see! Rolling on the floor laughing

I would have thought fire ants were not as far north as Washington State, but I would have beese incorrect. Wow, they are intrepid little suckers.
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fiwit
Mar 25, 2013 7:00 AM CST
lovemyhouse said:
I would have thought fire ants were not as far north as Washington State, but I would have beese incorrect. Wow, they are intrepid little suckers.


And I was responding to Linda, who is outside San Antonio -- I *know* fire ants are there. Thumbs down
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I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Mar 25, 2013 7:22 AM CST
Ay-yup, that they are. Angry
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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valleylynn
Mar 25, 2013 8:37 AM CST
No fire ants here that I know of.
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LindaTX8
Mar 25, 2013 11:51 AM CST
About 7 or so years ago I used spinosad bait for a couple of years, just minimally. That helped with fireants. And the state releasing phorid flies may have helped also. So fireants aren't that bad of a problem here now.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Mar 25, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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