Originally Posted by SamsonsRiddle
one HUGE tip if you do decided to take a fabric pot and put it on top of some type of perlite or lava rock reservoir (kitty litter bins work well and have many sizes, kiddy pools might be better for bigger pots) - add a little extra aeration to your mix.
Yep, and supposedly aids the root pruning which is what fabrics are designed for right? That and aeration.
So a good question, because I’m new to this style I see the fabric pots being used in this no til style virtually across the board, so much as to assume it was necessary.
So can we successfully do no til container gardening in conventional plastic containers of equal size or is the function of the fabric pot that vital to a successful living system?
Also I see discussion of pasteurizing soil which I think is totally impractical for my situation, but non the less I’d like to hear what others having used this system have to say about pests of whatever kind they’ve encountered? Was this a major problem? Am I misunderstanding that if you truly take the time to establish a living complex in your container complete with not just bacteria and fungus but also predatory nematodes and protozoa, predatory soil mites etc. that it becomes difficult for pest species to gain competitive edge thus are kept in check even when present?
(ideally pest species not present)