Gardening?

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Wednesday 19 April 2006 10.20pm
maybe one of you gardening specialists can help me with this one...

i have bought three rather large containers to plant some trees and i need to put in some materials for drainage.
as i am a novice, please excuse this obvious silly question.

but what can you use? pebbles will make the containers far too heavy. polystyrene, not sure. broken pots again heavy.
i know there are some sort of pellets you can use, but i can't find them in the normal (homebase/b&q's) shops.

any ideas?
many thanks
schnake
Wednesday 19 April 2006 10.53pm
I use polystyrene - about the only use for it unfortunately ... I know you resourceful SE1'ers will now suggest a Gizillion uses for polystyrene! Schnake, if you want good advice - the Garden Centre at the North end of Rotherhithe Tunnel is a great place, the 'boss' is very helpful and will knock down the bill for cash.

No connection, just a happy customer who has used them regularly.
Thursday 20 April 2006 8.40am
Polystyrene is great for this use.

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 20 April 2006 12.10pm
Yes polystyrene is fine, BUT: it is an advantage for the containers to be heavy. If you put trees in them, if the pots are too light they will constantly blow over.
Thursday 20 April 2006 1.20pm
Yes, but an inch in the bottom of a big pot is unlikely to tip the balance is it?

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 20 April 2006 1.39pm
Polystyrene is perfect if you're concerned about weight. Break it up into small pieces (smaller than your fist) and line the bottom of the pots. I've used this method and it works just fine.
Thursday 20 April 2006 9.45pm
Is Apple Mac polystyrene better than regular? Just a thought.
Thursday 20 April 2006 9.49pm
Depends if the trees are apple trees or not I suppose.
Thursday 20 April 2006 10.01pm
A few years ago I was in a clients dining room admiring the crop of apples on trees in the garden, "Ah yes", said the client, "We gave those to my parents for their Wedding Anniversary a while back - if you're impressed by those, you should see my fathers Plums".

I declined the kind offer gracefully.
Friday 21 April 2006 11.31am
many thanks...
the polysterene it is then.
will try and find some suitable apple mac ones then for the cherries :-)

schnake
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