What can I put in with the dirt to make garden containers lighter

  16 answers
  • Susan S Susan S on Aug 30, 2017
    packing peanuts

    • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
      thank you, can these be used for vegetables planted in containers too do you know?

  • William William on Aug 30, 2017
    I agree with Susan. Put in a 1/3 to 1/2 layer of packing peanuts in the container. Soda cans or plastic bottles with landscape fabric on top. Then put in your soil.

    • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
      thank you, I have a few plastic bottles I can munch up, should be okay for planting with veggies I should think

  • Dee Gonyea Dee Gonyea on Aug 30, 2017
    I agree about soda cans or other light things that will fill in the space that's not necessarily needed for the soil. Best of luck to you.

  • definitely try packing peanuts or even the bubble wrap that comes in packaging

  • Amanda Amanda on Aug 30, 2017
    I put empty water bottles or peanuts at the bottom of my bigger pots.

  • Mar12636992 Mar12636992 on Aug 30, 2017
    Hi Donna! I used several very large pots in my yard and I have used a couple of things to lighten them up. First of all, I use those shipping peanuts mixed in with a couple medium sized rocks in the bottom when planting for drainage. I found that you need something with the peanuts to allow for drainage - you could even use some of those little glass stones with the peanuts. I also use some soil moist pellets mixed in with the planting soil to keep the soil loose for the roots. The soil moist is good when you water because it helps to hold the moisture for an extra day when it is really hot.
    I hope this helps!

    • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
      okay thank you, I shall try something like this out

  • Pat Pat on Aug 30, 2017
    I always use empty pop cans or torn up styrofom cups

  • Julia Cummings Julia Cummings on Aug 30, 2017
    Chunks of styrofoam. I used an old foam cooler that I broke up into pieces. Took about 2/3 of the space. But know what you are putting in it. Nothing edible and some plants need more root space than others.

  • Eleanor Arnold Eleanor Arnold on Aug 30, 2017
    Crushed aluminum cans

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 30, 2017
    Soda bottles with air in them. You need to watch how much soil you replace or you may not have enough room for good root growth.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 31, 2017
      You can put the heavy pots on rollers. Put good casters, not the all plastic ones, four to five on a piece of plywood, round or square in shape that is a couple of inches wider than the pot on all sides. You may want to put three or four pieces of 1x1 or 1x2 on the wood to help keep the pot on when you move it.

  • Betsy Croft Betsy Croft on Aug 30, 2017
    Dirt, or soil?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 30, 2017
    water bottles in the bottom ,cover with landscape material and add the soil.Worked for me

  • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
    I should have been more specific it is for edibles that I am looking for suggestions to put in the pots and containers, thank you so much for your answer however as I also have other plants that grow large and can use the styrofoam for them.

  • William William on Aug 30, 2017
    No problem with veggies.

    • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
      I shall try this then, thank you so much, appreciate everyone's prompt response!

  • Donna Donna on Aug 30, 2017
    thank you to all who responded with their great ideas! I shall start tomorrow!

  • Ellis Ellis on Aug 31, 2017
    Aluminum cans