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Old 08-19-2010, 08:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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sources are fine, although over 25 gallon its just not economical to get it shipped. That's the big driver to finding sources and creative ideas - Grow like crazy without spending like crazy.
No need to have them shipped. Just do some old-fashioned research (not the internet) and determine who the agricultural wholesalers are in your county or neighboring county.
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I keep all my plants inside for fear of bugs....so space is a bit limited. Is there a type of banana that can live in a cozy little pot inside, and still produce a nice fruit?
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I have been using white plastic 30 gallon car wash drums. They are free and usually only store biodegradable liquid soaps in them. I wash the plastic drum and then cut off the top and drill several good sized drainage holes on the bottom. I then put some window screen mesh on the bottom. After doing that I spray paint the outside with gray, black, or white (depends if I want heat retained or reflection). I usually go with grey though.

The plastic is very sturdy and should last around 10 years. The container is also easy to move since its designed to be used with a drum dolly.
Do you just go to the local gas station with a carwash and give em your phone number and ask them to call when the soap runs out?
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Do you just go to the local gas station with a carwash and give em your phone number and ask them to call when the soap runs out?
I have a friend that works at the car wash and gives me a heads up. They usually from what I seen store 2-3 before throwing away.. but every carwash may be different.
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you can also check a local hospital for the 30-gal drums. they hold the soln used for cleaning surgical instruments. it helps to have a friend on the inside. that is, working at the hospital.

i plan to try a 25-gal smart pot this year. i am already using them in smaller sizes.
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hydoponica.biz,

My son ordered three pots on thursday and they were delivered yesterday.... I could'nt believe it when the man was at the door from Royal mail with the pots.

They sell loads of garden things to do with Hydrphonics.

Gro lighting, Perlite etc.

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Do you all have any cattle farms around there that use that supplement in tubs? That's what I have the big ice cream banana planted in. They are good and strong too.
Check with landscapers that install big trees. This time of the year there's usually several jobs going on that use trees in big pots, and you can usually get them for free or nearly so. I have a friend who is a landscaper who brings me all his pots 5 gal and up to the master gardener meetings and I pick them up out of his truck there.
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Smart pots are a great way to kill plants. Customers bring them in all the time. Fungus and pests get into the water supply and kill the plants from the bottom up. It's the next worst thing to putting a layer of rocks in the bottom of your pots.
I had spent over an hour collecting rocks and then layering them with gravel between screens in a 45 gallon container. Then I read this lol. Thanks for the information, luckily I caught it before I added any soil
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I had spent over an hour collecting rocks and then layering them with gravel between screens in a 45 gallon container. Then I read this lol. Thanks for the information, luckily I caught it before I added any soil
Good thing you did not put rocks and here is why:

Question: Should I Put Gravel in the Bottom of My Container Gardens
The short answer is NO!
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There is a widely popular idea that putting gravel in the bottom of container gardens and planters is good for drainage. This isn't true and in fact, putting gravel into the bottom of pots reduces the capacity of potting soil to drain.

The problem is that water (and keep in mind here that physics isn't my strong suit) flows through similar textures and when it hits a different texture, gravel for example, the flow stops and the water backs up into the soil.

According to Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, "gravitational water will not move from a finely soil texture into a coarser material until the finer soil is saturated. Since the stated goal for using coarse material in the bottoms of containers is to “keep soil from getting water logged,” it is ironic that adding this material will induce the very state it is intended to prevent.
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Good thing you did not put rocks and here is why:

Question: Should I Put Gravel in the Bottom of My Container Gardens
The short answer is NO!
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There is a widely popular idea that putting gravel in the bottom of container gardens and planters is good for drainage. This isn't true and in fact, putting gravel into the bottom of pots reduces the capacity of potting soil to drain.

The problem is that water (and keep in mind here that physics isn't my strong suit) flows through similar textures and when it hits a different texture, gravel for example, the flow stops and the water backs up into the soil.

According to Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, "gravitational water will not move from a finely soil texture into a coarser material until the finer soil is saturated. Since the stated goal for using coarse material in the bottoms of containers is to “keep soil from getting water logged,” it is ironic that adding this material will induce the very state it is intended to prevent.
I am no expert but gravel is used for drainage,french drains.Pretty sure you need a filter fabric between soil and gravel.
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I convert plastic wheeled garbage cans into pretty nice-looking HUGE containers. I like the 48-gallon and 96-gallon sizes. I spray-paint them with metallic paint (bronze and copper) and then plant vines that run down and cover the logos. Because they are on wheels, they are easy to move, which is great when you hear a freeze is coming.

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You definitively need to get in contact whit local landscaping contractors. Look for new construction sites and when you see workers planting trees and bushes go ask what they do with the containers. I looked locally and I got 50 containers 15, 25 and 35 gallons for $20.00 so about .40 each, can't beat that. The containers are not brand new but they look good. Look pictures for details.
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55 gallon plastic barrels can be cut in half with a skill-saw. car-wash and car detailers buy their detergents and polishes in these barrels. they would probably save you some for five bucks each. rinse thouroughly.
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I'm starting to use brake drums from 18 wheelers. Will post a pic shortly. keep in mind though,,due to weight,,where you put them is where they stay.
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THIS

Out here in the country, it seems like many rednecks seem to move in and out of trailer parks all the time lol

Hence; find my answer to the question of CREATIVE, CHEAP and Resourceful solutions to big containers

Somehow they seem to skip out on paying their garbage fee and leave behind the garbage receptacle's

I've called the companies to whom I assume they belong to so they will send someone to pick them up but never seem too:{

Eventually some other fine citizen decided to fill up these planters..uh I mean, pots...uh receptacles with beer cans and junk and just let it sit there:{

After some time I responsibly have the garbage removed and now STORE/Grow Banana plants and other items in them and patiently wait for the owners to come to get them lol still waiting

So.....not suggesting just make a comment:}

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http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=53656&size=1[/img][/url][/IMG]IMG]Here's a pic of an 18 Wheeler Brake Drum I am starting to use. Free from where I work but keep in mind,,,due to weight,,,where you place them is where they stay.

You can see safety glasses laying in front for size comparison.

Having a little problem with posting from gallery,,how do I resize to make larger pic ??

Sorry about the format of this post,,,trying to get this pic posting correct,,may have it,,may not.LOL

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http://www.bananas.org/gallery/watermark.php?file=53656&size=1[/img][/url][/IMG]IMG]Here's a pic of an 18 Wheeler Brake Drum I am starting to use. Free from where I work but keep in mind,,,due to weight,,,where you place them is where they stay.

You can see safety glasses laying in front for size comparison.

Having a little problem with posting from gallery,,how do I resize to make larger pic ??

Sorry about the format of this post,,,trying to get this pic posting correct,,may have it,,may not.LOL
That's great no need to add iron
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That's great no need to add iron
lol,,,Guess that would be correct.. If you were to buy these at a salvage yard my guess would be around 8 bucks,,think they are paying scrap price of 10.00 per one hundreds pounds around my area but if local trucking company or city garage close by,,they may give them to you.
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