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    What is a good container to hold / grow soil in?

    The local feed /farm store has a 100 gallon black plastic water trough. There is a built-in water drain spigot. $80. The truck freight should be higher than that, and it was made in damn china.

    I am looking for something to mix up the soil in, and why not use that thing to make and store soil? I could rise it on 4x4s and drill drain holes, if the soil needs to stay dry on the bottom. So anyways, I think this is my soil fctory. Looks like this:

    Last edited by flylowgethigh; 01-13-2021, 22:38.
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    I mix in a kiddie pool and store extra soil in heavy weight trash cans or pickle barrels or similar.



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      #3
      I use that exact trough for mixing real small amount of soil for my starts. I didn't drill any holes or anything. They were on sale at tractor supply a while back. You can't fit that much in it. I also use a 300 gallon smart pot and that works pretty well.

      I like Frank's idea of a kiddy pool. Shallow makes it easy to mix. It's hard to get to the bottom of the trough if it's filled up all the way.

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        #4
        Lid? Can you stack those? Can you move it? Do they stink like synthetic hotdogs soaked in anal lube?

        40gal is the biggest units I can handle. Stack ingredients 5 high (aeration takes up a lot of room) , mixed soil 2 high.The Lowes tubs don't smell as bad as Walmart or home depot. I mix in the 40gal tubs and I'll tell you I use a tarp underneath even though it rarely happens.

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          #5
          Kiddie pool was my first idea, but I had to have this thing once I saw it. It looks like I should keep it under cover, and any remaining soil moist with pond water. If it needs a lid, I can make one out of plywood, and hinge it on one side. It has been sitting there a while, and has no odor.
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            #6
            Originally posted by CrushnYuba View Post
            I use that exact trough for mixing real small amount of soil for my starts. I didn't drill any holes or anything. They were on sale at tractor supply a while back. You can't fit that much in it. I also use a 300 gallon smart pot and that works pretty well.

            I like Frank's idea of a kiddy pool. Shallow makes it easy to mix. It's hard to get to the bottom of the trough if it's filled up all the way.
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              #7
              I have a 300 gallon one I use to keep Rainwater because my blueberry plants can't use well water. I like to mix my soil in 30 gallon plastic drums and just roll it around on the ground it mixes it well.

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                #8
                My last worm bin was a 45 gallon trash can. This time I went with a smaller 20 gallon version. A kiddie pool works great for mixing. If you have the room probably storing too. I use the bathtub these days for mixing.

                I'm sure your water trough will work great for storing soil while it matures. That spigot on the bottom would make it a sweet worm bin!
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                  #9
                  Large tote boxes are handy, not expensive and I use them.
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                    #10
                    I'm using a 200 gallon Galvanized stock tank Simular to that Rubbermaid one. It was more than $80.00 though. The lid I use is some old lumber I had laying around with no hinges so I just slide it around or flip it off and out of the way.
                    This makes for a decent half ass table for filling pots and transplants.
                    For less than a Benjamen, I'd get that...
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                      #11
                      I mix in a kiddie pool as well and store any left overs in those 25-30 gallon tough totes.
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                        #12
                        I use the Rolling 32 gallon garbage cans.

                        Black so they need to be painted white, or covered with cloth that isn't dark, to keep from baking your plants' roots in the summer sun.

                        I think if you listen to the sounds when you water, you can hear the air being drawn into the top of the root mass, even in the cheap pots.

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                          #13
                          Stock tanks are great to grow in. I've got old galvanized tanks in use for 20 plus years. But for storage, stock tanks don't come with lids.

                          I mix everything in a wheel barrow and this goes into a 55 plastic drum. A cast iron lid fits it like a glove. No moisture buildup if the mix is dry.

                          For smaller amounts, plastic totes with lids are easy to move.

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                            #14
                            For outside storage I use an old shell from a hot tub: four sides and a bottom (redwood, no rot). No moisture build-up as it drains through the bottom. Soil is outside and I pull for the summer grow mixing in wheel borrow. A smaller amount is held inside in a roll around garbage can, plastic, for inside grow. Yes, I rebuild the soil before use. Storage method seems to work well. Good luck!

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                              #15
                              Thanks! I am growing inside in a tent. Should I be keeping a 30 gallon tub of soil inside, for this first run? It may cook better in there because it is warmer than outside. Plus the bugs. Answered my own question. Thanks.
                              Last edited by flylowgethigh; 01-25-2021, 04:25.
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