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Originally posted by thelibra
The Cinderblock Spice Wall
(1) Maximum container garden space is roughly 6 ft wide & 16 ft long (6x16) or 96 square feet & currently holds 97 containers of various sizes from 1 to 10 gallons. Don’t assume though that the area holds one container per sq. foot, some parts are more densely packed and others less so.
(2A) The volume for 97 containers is roughly 312 gallons...for calculations sake it will be 320 gallons.
(2B) For 320 gallons of potting mixture combine the following ingredients:
160 gallons (26...40 lb. bags) composted cow manure)
35 gal. sand
35 gal. vermiculite
35 gal. perlite
35 gal. peat moss (one 4 sq. ft bale will do.)
10 gal. ground limestone (2 cups per 5 gal. container)
5 gal. 10-10-10 fertilizer (10% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus, 10% potassium)
or 1 cup per 5 gallon container
This mixture will fill at least 64...5 gallon containers.
(3A) Next year, get fiberglass mesh screening & after cleaning the container, line the bottoms with it so that the drainage holes remain
unclogged & bugs cannot get in then put a layer of large gravel, 1.5 to 2 inches deep on top of the screen before adding the potting soil to assist in draining.
(3B) One 13 to 14 in. square piece of fiberglass mesh screen will be ample to line the bottom of each 5 gal. container...less of course for the 1 gal. containers and more for the 10 gal. ones.
(4) For mulching (this applies to the large 5 to 10 gal. containers only) put a layer of red mulch down initially to protect the soil & to prevent the splattering of soil onto the plants. After the soil has settled down from the brim of the container by about 2 inches top off the red mulch off with a thick layer of straw...2 bales of straw should be more than enough, if not too much. 2.5 forty lb. bags of red mulch is ample for this task. For all other containers a thick layer of the red mulch is adequate.
(5) 1 TEASPOON of BLEACH in 1 GALLON of water sprayed on TOMATO and POTATO leaves are said to stop various FUNGAL infections such as EARLY & LATE SEASON BLIGHTS. My father tried it works, not as efficiently as store bought fungicides, but it works, just have to spray with it more often. I tried it and he is right. Needs to use frequently though.
Originally posted by mybigunit
Do you have some good pics on your garden so far? Im curious to see how you set the blocks up also
Originally posted by grover
For your info I have grown 8 foot tall tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets... it works and it works well... the only labor intensive part is setting it up.