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what should i use to cover the holes on a plastic delivery box . i want to use it as a tomatoe planter. Answered

converting a plastic 14inx14inchx14 inch (approx) milkbox to a tomato planter, what should i line the milkbox sides with? it is the type that stores used to get their deiveries in, i will will be using it outside on the ground so i think i could fill the bottow with small stones to act as drainage and give it weight to avoid windstorm tipovers?
would dupont tyvek work for this? i dont have accees to it it yet,unless i come across some used post office supplies.


thanks all, i need to stock up on burlap, i was going to buy some, went to the local home depot, and they had some outrageous price on it. luckily i knew burlap was cheap and walked away. i later looked on amazon and it looked like they added a zero, where $3 was $30. i ended up using a sub $3 home depot bucket. I was running out of time , and now i am already harvesting. I put a bunch of drainage holes in the bottom, 1/4 inch screening propped up over the holes and bunch of small rocks for drainage and weight. i have been harvesting a few tomatoes since then. I also used an old Hawaiian shirt over the orange bucket to give it a little décor. Now i need to think of what i can rig to block the air conditioner run off from a studio apartment that houses two heavy smokers. it is falling on the raised bed portion of the garden, my friend smelt the smoke on the leaves and we realized what was going on. i guess going to get some longer stakes to support some hind of clear cover , so the nicotine.tar drenched water runs off. urban garden at its finest.

- Old towel, as per R-d. Or parts of old sheet, or any other flat pices of sacrificeable fabric. Use natural fibers as much as possible, or go for open weaves (tacky old polyester net/lace curtains might make an interesting statement).

- Old burlap bag, or just burlap (it's cheap to buy)

- You know those plastic-netting-type bags that potatoes often come in? You migh want to poke a bunch of small (no more than 1/4") holes in the non-netted sections of the bag.

Or plastic, of almost any sort, will work, too. Deoends partly on your climate - cool & humid, where I live, demands good drainage; but hot & dry, where I used to live, demands mositure retention.

Be sure to use a lot of good compost in your soil mix. Compost helps with both drainage and moisture rentention; and tomatoes want, love, and need plenty of it.

If you don't plan to move your planter after you fill it; you could anchor it with a couplle stakes driven into the ground through the holes in the bottom of the box, in addtion to your drainage rocks.

i would say duct tape and that might work but now that i am thinking about it more i would use a plastic tote bag or cloth one


7 years ago

I would put a heavy duty garbage bag inside the crate, fill the bag with your potting/soil mix and then punch however many drainage holes you need through the bottom of the bag.

Or instead of a garbage bag use the bag your potting compost comes in. You don't need to seal it though as you do want your soil mix to be able to drain.

I suggest a piece of old towel. It'll last for a season and it breaths. It will let out the excess water so you don't drown your tomatoes like I did by planting in plastic buckets. Even with holes cut in the bottom they were too sensitive to slightly too much watering.

Line it with a plastic bag? Simplest, certainly...