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No Assembly Required Raised Bed Kit: The Big Bag Bed Smart Pot Fabric Container Garden

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John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shows you how easy it is to set up the Big Bag Bed Raised Bed Garden Kit by High Caliper Growing. The Big Bag Bed is an oversize fabric container that...

John,  can you provide an update on how this raised bed performed?
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lol this guy is a nut
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Love this guy's vids. Is it me or does his palm look like a pineapple on steroids? Props on another great vid.
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I love the smart pot big bed,  I use mine for purely strawberry's, however this year I'm going to order another one and try to grow and assortment of other things as well.  I bought mine from amazon, they had the best deal that I could find... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007BVKDZI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007BVKDZI&linkCode=as2&tag=electrandmo0a-20&linkId=76VO2SCAA2SFZ2E6
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I hybridize daylilies, and I have around 8 of these beds on my back patio on concrete! I live in southern CA, and these bags have held up in full sun for close to two years now. Besides some rusting (for lack of a better term) towards the bottom of the bags, which I think is because I went for close to a year before getting a water filter for my garden hose (Google garden sentinel), I've had no problem with these bags as far as drainage or the roots being fried from them being on concrete. My only suggestion is to have your mix ready if possible, and to fill the bag in layers. I usually do three layers, and I make sure to wet each layer thoroughly before starting on the next layer. Yes, you can fill the bag all at once, and they even offer an over-priced brace/bracket you can place in when filling it with a backhole. However, I like filling it in layers that way I know that when I put my plants in, there are no air pockets and that the each layer is properly watered. Oh, and your soil amendments won't wash out of the grow bed. So, add all the mykos, azomite, of kelp meal you want ;)
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good job bro. u know your shit
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Can u Plz Share  link where to order or buy this product? THANKS So much for all the time and Consideration you put into your vids- There are sooo many others out there who only waste our time and/or are completely inaccurate - I know enough to Know that You know what the Hay you are talking bout- Lol. I Actually have made this same basic Weed proof ,Clean Bed( mine was slightly raised and had a border which i placed weed cloth up to rim of)- Probably about 20 years ago and its always worked Great- However depending on costs etc, This is Probably way more practical as My way took a lot of time- CHEAP- but very hard on tha back and Took half of a day- Mine was about 6 ft x 10 ft and STILL is doing well- after years and weeds popping up I simply took black weed Cloth and Added a piece here and there as needed-, Could do the same with this and if Really want the bottom to last and keep weeds from sneakin up- I suggest applying a THICK layer of newspaper before adding soil- even better do under and in- Newspaper is FREE and a great weed barrier, you just need THICK layers so do not have to "repair" spots as often-    Hey- I have to add that your Soil Mixture is right on Time! Any Plant will LUUUV that Unless they are jus plain crzy- (which some can be,regardless of time ,love and Care we put in-It happens). And - Please - All, Buy or make a compost- Please NEVER put vegetation (all Veggie and fruit scraps- banana peels to corn on the cob) Or any compostable materials- like sawdust,grass clippings, straw either in the Trash(Compost it, its like The best Planting Soil/Food for all plants and your lawn,Plus WHY waste and fill up Landfills with natures recyclables? :) ) Do not ever "toss out" Eggshells rinse out and collect-- crumble and mix in soil or sprinkle on top of (chickens luv em too so donate of u don't want), If u r lucky enough to live on the Ocean,like me, Grab some oyster shells and Grind em up Ahhhh- The gardening, planting lifestyle Rocks! The best thing is Eating, Canning for later (Nuthin better to make a home feel warm and to eat FRESH all year), Just watching a seed grow ,knowing it IS because YOU DID ;), Nuthin but a GOOD thing!:) Once again Thanks Dude for sharing !!!  :) Peace, One Love, and Keep On Growin Y'all !! <3
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You can buy this off amazon
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i thought this Richard Simmons doing gardening lol
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Can you write out the stuff you used and amounts.
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Great video as always John.  Will have to check out those cloth beds.  Do you know of any better products then this since several years have passed since you shot this?
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How many times did he say " THE BIG BAD BED?? HOLY SH##.....??
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Loved the video and the humor that comes with it!  My 1 yr old daughter kept still while watching this too!
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Hey John, I added one 11 lb bag of Azomite Rock Dust into my 4ft Big Bag Bed, just like you did.  Approx 1 lb per sq ft.  The packaging said to use much less.  Do you typically add more when you're starting a bed?
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How long do they last...the smart pots? 5 years? 20 years etc?
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my friends have used them and unless you empty them out after every use they will rot out after one year...just buy the material ,take it to someone that sews and make your own in a lighter colored fabric as black will get hotter than the roots can take...they cost arm and a leg look on craigslist in roseburg Oregon area in garden section find the huge white bags for 5.00 each ..yes much better  those will do the same job and save you a bucket of money.
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Yeah that makes sense...I guess black would work better for colder areas. Thanks!
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mix your grow medium in a wheel barrow then add , just sayinnn
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can you post the bag to size ratio?
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Will this last through a snowy winter?
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where can i buy the big bag bed?
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Many sites, including store sites, offer "smart pots" that are available in many sizes, made of a landscaping fabric, and cost around $1 per two gallons, not counting shipping.  The smaller the cloth bag, the more it costs per gallon.
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Will this bed be large enough to grow all my veggies (2 varieties of bush green beans, large tomatoes, a dwarf okra plant, and possibly a variety of container corn)?
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+Clouds Angel You may want to look into "grow bags" that come in many sizes, mostly given as so many gallons, and placing them in a shallow pool.  Youtube  has a lot of suggestions under "self watering" grow bag systems.  Of course there are many spins on the same idea, which is basically a shallow kiddie pool, or other style of pool that holds 1"-3" of water with, or without a float for auto refilling as the water level drops.  You do want to pay close attention to mosquito prevention.
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+Tsavah Smart Pots also have the grow bags, but they can get costly. I actually purchased this bed already and I will be getting another as I will have one just for okra. They are actually not that large, IMO, just 13.5 sq.ft. I will also be purchasing some mini ones and plant some strawberries, corn, more beans, and other plants. Happy Gardening!
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Thanks for video... I put my raised Big Bag Bed today.. Azomite, Beats Peat (coco core), Worm castings, Black Cow, top soil, some washed sand (we are in southwest florida and wanted good drainage),  etc.
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+snapsalot  thanks.. I've used perlite in other garden projects and that is a good suggestion.. was thinking of vermiculite when I first filled it.  Will work some in to next refresh.  appreciate your comment.
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It does appear this would be an easy way to put together an above ground "Hugelkultur" bed as long as one was careful with the wood placement that acts like a sponge to keep things moist with less trouble and watering.
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I realize this video was made more than a few years ago, but it looks like this planter with purchased soil and amendments would be a $100 project real easy.  Kind of scarey how expensive everything has become and it appears the primary reason is the cost of fuel to transport stuff to stores.  If things keep going as they are, vegetables are going to be very expensive to buy.  Maybe too expensive for too many.
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Love the info. I always pour water into the vermiculite bag b4 I dump it, because... I don't want to breath the dust. Sure, makes it slightly heavier but also way safer.
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Great product! Thanks for the information. What about irrigation with these pots?
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Yes, you can place it ontop a wooden deck. That being said, the fabric is porus, so you will probably get water leakage that may rot your deck.. So I would recommend getting pots or containers that are self-contained or with saucers as to not get too much (standing water) on your deck.
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Hi John, will this work on top of a wooden deck as-is or does this "big bag bed" have to be placed above soiled ground?
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love the witch garden!You should put some "wicked plants" in it too keep it fun:) I got coco fiber for free last year from a organic tomato growing green house, they can only use it once for tomato's so at the end of the year they get rid of it and buy new.You should ask around if you have any green houses like that, you may not want to use it for tomato's right away but for other plants it has worked great! and free is a lot better than 10.00 a cubic foot.
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I believe certain Home Depot Stores (on the west coast?) sell the Coco Coir (the one I show in this video). Otherwise try independent nurseries or hydroponic grow shops. It can also be ordered online.
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I love your videos, thank you so much for taking the time to teach this stuff. I live in Israel and can't find the variety of soil amendments that you have in the US. I'm composting at home and from another video I see how important soil is. Can you recommend other things I can use to improve my soil that I can get straight from nature? (like should I go to the trouble to get some horse poo or something to add to my compost?) The bags of compost here (I'm told) are actually from manure. THANKS!
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Very cool product! I have been using Smart Pots for my Organic Patio garden for two seasons now and they work very well. Organic living soil loves the oxygen that the Smart Pot material allows to pass through. The more oxygen available to your roots, the happier and more disese resistant your veggies! Check my videos.
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Thanks John, Yeah I have to agree with you. I have little starters grown from indoors, stuff I've started from seed, larger veggies and they all look just fine to me. Thanks again and keep up the good work. Sean
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A link would be nice. Please remember this is for the lazy people. LOL.
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Hey john. Have you ever used cotton burr? I just recently planted my plants using Vermiculite, peat moss, cotton burr, and other organic mulch/compost.
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I have asked, and have been told "it will last many years" but the manufacturer will not "pin down" a specific time. I have heard 2-5 but I supose it depends on your climate, sun exposure, etc. I will do future updates to let my viewers how it is holding up.
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John, is this at your other house? I've recently acquired a house in the desert and will try to grow stuff there too.
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Where can I buy rock dust in So Cal?
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Very nice soil composite, but I believe you're forgetting about the soil ecology. If you put all the nutrients in and plant your plants, they still won't be able to effectively absorb all the macro and micro nutrients; that's why you inoculate your soil and plants roots with beneficial bacteria and fungi, azos (nitrogen fixing bacterium), micorrhizae (endo/ecto fungi, symbiosis with plant roots), etc. They work symbiotically with the plants roots to help the plant absorb nutrients and break dow
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Hey John, Just got off the phone with a local supplier searching for the glacial rock dust. After talking a bit and explaining that I had followed the 1/3 soil mix and was looking for worm castings, dry kelp, rock dust etc. He said my beds might be a little hot...is that true? I already started planting some starters and one bed with seed. Crap, think I'll have a problem? Thx
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I'd be mixing it up externally, possibly in a wheelbarrow, so as not to risk damaging the bag. Or shovel the ingredients in from the bags in smaller quantities which will mix it as it goes. Just a thought.
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Make your own smartpot... Its made from landscape fabric
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Thanks for the video. I was wondering once you set up this raise bed and irrigation system, what kind of maintenance you need to do on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis in terms of adding additional nutrition/fertilizer or other stuff? Plz advice.
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Hey John I would like to purchase these things in Plam beach do you think I can get them at home depot or lowes? We really dont have a true gardening type store here I wish we did but I know you have spent time here in my area which I love by the way thanks... I just love your videos. But any helpful tid bits? I find that my plants tend to burn alot in the sun here
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Comments posted say they are having a hard time finding this. Amazon is selling the 200 gallon one for 16USD wlith free s/h. Search for Hydrofarm HGDB1 Dirt Bag Reusable Planting Pot. They are also selling the 300 gallon and 400 gallon but not at the discount they are selling the 200 gallon. They are also selling all the smaller sizes down to the 1 gallon size. Keep on growin' and thank you for all the great videos.
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John, stop with the commercials already. They GAVE you one of these cloth beds. WE have to BUY these if we want them I'll pass. You have advocated making your OWN beds out of wood and other things. I really like your videos but enough with the commercials for other companies products. Get back to BASICS. It's cheaper to MAKE YOUR OWN out of wood or rocks or whatever is available. A 3x8' bed costs $29 in Douglas fir boards.
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Good soil composite, but you need live soil ecology. Plants can't effectively absorb all the macro & micro nutrients by themselves; that's why you inoculate your soil w/beneficial bacteria & fungi, azos (nitrogen fixing bacteria), micorrhizae (endo/ecto fungi, symbiosis w/plant roots), etc. Working symbiotically w/plant roots to help them absorb nutrients breaking down minerals/nutrients (heavier ones too) for the plant to absorb it. You got nutrient packed 'dead soil' that needs inoculation.
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Do you think dust from a stone crushing plant will work
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Ah, I watched your video about the mykos and beneficial microbes; you add your beneficials when you plant your plants. =]
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please keep us posted when it becomes available
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They don't. So you need to add worms to the big bag bed if you wish to have them in there. In Las Vegas, the soil is very dry, and not an optimal habitat for worms. I recommend keeping worms in a worm bin in vegas.
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I found my at Amazon $39.99. They have smaller ones, also!
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In this video you said you have grown in pure compost before too. Isn't that too hot? I'm getting root rott and the nursery reckons it's because I used too much of the soil that had high amounts of compost and manure in it.
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@growingyourgreens its still a great idea and your video was a pleasure to watch. Thanks John
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Can dust from a stone crushing plant be used
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How do the worm transfer from the soil to the big bag bed?
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Nice product. John, You make my back hurt just watching you. If you will be using the whole bag/bale throw it in there then cut the bag OPEN and pull the bag away from the pile. No reason to lift it then dump and shake it out. When mixing the soil it is more efficient to scoop and turn. A shovel is not a paddle!
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I figured that out by the 3rd bed.. I did that in the next beds I put in :)
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I so can't wait for these to come out! I am definitely going to pick up at least three of these since I'm not handy at all and I've been wanting to do raised beds. Hopefully they'll be available in Canada, if not I'm making a run for the boarder to get them!
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????Did the smart pot give you better results than the other raised beds???
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I strive to show people NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE AT all the options available so people can grow food at home.. I may share different commercial products so people have options. I CAN build raise beds from scratch, as you can also. But not everyone has (or wants to learn) those skills. The product shown in this video has some unique advantages (no assembly) as well as probably being more durable than wood in the dry, desert climate. Plus I like experimenting. Tha'ts how you Learn and Grow.
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I hate it when there is suicides in my garden-.-
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There will be an upcoming episode showing the drip irrigation that was installed in this bed.
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@growingyourgreens I just HATE commercials. No offense meant other than that. Sorry 'bout that.
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Hey John I'm from LA and I had to go to Sacramento area and I found a place that sells the smart pots and rock dust. I bought a 45 gallon smart pot from them for 16 bucks. You should do a video of them it's a pretty cool place call peaceful valley farm and garden supply
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Hi john, my 1st time tomato plants leaves (better bush) in containers are turning yellow with black spots all over. I did not find any visible insects on the back of leaves. Please advice what to do? Thanks
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was wondering if you where going to add rock dust. down here in florida no one sells rock dust. so I bought bags of river and lava rock . pound it with a 20 lb weight and run water through it . also get my worm castings from a swamp close by. carrying two 5 gallon buckets out and pounding rock is great core training . just have to watch out for snakes and gaters. don't bother looking out for poison ivy because your going to get it .
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AAHHHH STIR UP THE C OMPOST! Nice one, John! :)
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Thanks. I caught it toward the end of your video. I was a little impatient. We had a nasty hail storm up here in NorCal a few days ago and those hailstones did a nasty number on some of my burgeoning veggies. I hope they manage to come back.
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if your using a 1/3 mix of soil - ie: 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat or coco peat and 1/3 compost, I doubt your soil is too hot. That being said, a soil test would be good to look into if you want to know for sure. Things like rock dust and worm castings wont burn your plants.
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Do you think using mykos would run out from the bad or would they stay in the bag contained on the roots.? Especially with the air pruning and what not.
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I love that you bring new products to our attention. The coconut coir looks great. Is it available at any of the large hardware/garden stores?
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Smart pots and root maker pots are my favorite containers. Please, for your health, wear a mask and wet down the vermiculite before you dump it and mix it, That is very very bad to breathe (Asbestos free or not) . Same for perlite and the rock dust.
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Worms Way tried to sell me a small planter size for three times the cost. I'm going to Walmart.
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Most stores do not carry the big bag bed. You will need to order them online and get it shipped to you. On helpful tidbits- grow things that will grow WELL in you area. Growing northern vegetables in Florida is not ideal, and you will have problems. Grow native crops- check my video on the everglades tomato and the Seminole pumpkin. Also visit Echo in Fort Myers and get some perennial tropical vegetables that are use to your climate. They will grow best in your area.
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John, at 10:00 in the video, it's good to wet down the vermiculite before stirring, because all the fine particles that are floating away are as good as rock-dust! : )
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12:41 Laughed Out Loud! I love watching your videos. This seems a great product for someone who can't plant in the soil, but doens't want a semi permanent bed directly on the ground. I suspect that the BBB keeps plants from growing into the bed from underneath?
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John I can not find Big Bag Bed Raised Bed Garden Kit anywhere. It looks like High Caliper Growing is not selling it?? Where can I find it and what does it cost?
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What is the difference between Vermiculite and Perlite?
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In the beginning of summer I checked into tomato and potato bags made of this material and from my research it appears these bags only last for a year or two. Have you found that to be true? How long should they last?
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hey john, would you happen to know how much they are? do they ship internationally? coz i'm from the philippines and i'm very much interested in them.
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hey john will that bag stand up if gophers are a problem?
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Easy on associating Football fans as fat lazy couch potatoes. Football is my favorite sport but I'm out in my garden everyday getting my exercise in. Anyways just don't assume all fans of the gridiron are not active. Anyways love the show keep up the awesome videos as I've learned soo much from you. Thanks!
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It has been almost 2.5 years now. Material is still holding up. How long will it last? depends on your conditions?
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Question.. After the season ends do we need to remove all the ingredients from the bag, or the raised bed as well as the old root system from the old plants.?
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I found a copy of the "All New Square Foot Gardening" book for $5 at a Dollar General store in my city. It's in a compact size with black and white rather than color pictures. It's not as fancy as the full size book but the information is all the same and easier on the budget.
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The expected price is $39.99 Retail. Yes. a kids pool would also work, you would need to put some drainage holes in it. The pool will not have the air pruing advantage that the big bag bed has..
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i want these!!!! i live in southern az and omg....
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how much does that cost? I kids pool would work also, pick some up at a garage sale.
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