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Old 03-31-2020, 09:30 PM
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Dumb question. I bought a huge flower pot for my front porch and donít want to fill the whole dang thing with potting soil because thatíll cost more than the pot and the flowers combined. Ideas for fillers, like 1/2 way and then 1/2 with potting soil.

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Old 04-01-2020, 01:29 AM
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Styrofoam packing peanuts work great. Make sure they are not the kind that dissolve!
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:06 AM
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I have huge pots and I do fill them with soil but Iíve had that soil in for years, I just pull the plant out in the spring or fall.
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:43 AM
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Be sure to add some gravel at the bottom. We also add vermiculite to add aeration and lightness to the potting soil.
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:46 AM
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I turn a smaller flower pot upside down in the bottom of the pot. It takes up space without adding weight.


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Old 04-01-2020, 03:53 AM
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You can also use pool noodles cut up. I purchased at dollar store. I cut them in about 3-4 inch segments.
However, depending on the size and shape of your pot, beware. I ended up with a tall pot that was more narrow at the bottom. Using the light weight Styrofoam pool noodles and then the dirt and plant on top made my pot top heavy. A strong wind in a storm blew it over and completely off my front porch.
I have also used large pieces of bricks in the bottom of my pots, but it makes it really hard to move the pot around after that. Someone recently told me about using pea gravel (comes in bags they say at Home Depot). Again, that would make the pot too heavy to move around.
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Old 04-01-2020, 04:43 AM
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I use pine cones in the bottom of my pots. Make sure you have holes at the bottom for water to drain out.
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Old 04-01-2020, 04:50 AM
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Have you checked with your landfill? Mine composts yard waste down into a very nice, nutrient rich composted dirt. I wouldn't use it to grow anything I'm going to eat, but it's dandy for enriching flower gardens and I've used it to cut down on the cost of filling big pots. I put some rocks in the bottom, fill it with landfill compost and mix in potting soil near the top. That's if you're not looking to be able to move it easily.
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Best not to fill with dirt...
Old 04-01-2020, 08:05 AM
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...not only is it expensive--it'll make the pot very heavy. I love the idea of pine cones; I've been picking them up for weeks! I usually use Styrofoam. Post a picture when you're done!
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Old 04-01-2020, 11:11 AM
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I have used crumpled up newspaper.


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Old 04-01-2020, 12:35 PM
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Very light!
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:10 PM
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I also flip smaller pots upside down. Works perfectly... and has for years.
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I usually use the
Old 04-01-2020, 01:41 PM
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smaller pot upside down method but I've have also, in a pinch, took a sturdy cardboard box and wrapped it in a garbage bag. I also found this:

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Possibilities include crushed aluminum cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic water bottles, plastic soda pop bottles and crunched, empty potting soil and soil amendment bags. Upending a stack of nursery pots inside a planter box also works well.
My mom will sometimes find a shallower pot or even a wicker basket (approximately the width of the interior of the big pot) and put bricks or wood blocks inside the big pot to hold the smaller pot or basket to the desired height.

The wicker won't last forever but will last a season or three. She generally replaces them from the local Thift Stores when they wear out.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:41 PM
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My dad was collecting my single use water bottles to fill his pots.
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