Root Pouch Container Garden Setup

I took advantage of the three day weekend to set up some 65 gallon root pouch fabric pots to use as raised gardening containers. The trellis is good and sturdy for this year, I’m not sure exactly what it was before, but it is a trellis now.

For a growing medium, I am using a mixture of coco coir (rehydrated from bricks), peat moss, vermiculite (not a huge fan, but had a bag so used it), perlite, chicken compost, and steer compost.

Proper spring planting isn’t for another month or so. Because I know I’ll get impatient waiting, I planted 30 day radish seeds. Not only did I use a mixture of radish seeds from this year, but I threw in some older seeds that are definitely past their prime just to see if they’ll sprout (and to get them out of my seed box). If they all sprout then I’ll have much thinning to do. We will see if that keeps me occupied enough to stop me from planting other things too early. On the other hand, I do have more tomato starts going than I need, so I may wind up risking a couple since the winter has been so mild.

The first two have decorative rings with carrots planted in the middle. For some variety (and fun) this round I’m trying Burpee’s Kaleidoscope Mix which has a mixture of Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White and Solar Yellow carrots.

There are a few cabbages hanging in, but they got pretty beat up by insects earlier in the year. Fingers crossed, it looks like I’ll get enough from the Romanesco (fractal broccoli) to at least try it.

The Stockton red onions and the Dixondale Farms starts seem to be doing fine. The starts are showing new growth, and I have an entire 65 gallon root pouch devoted to them.

Empire Builder Potting Mix

Made with Coco Coir, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted Forest Humus, Worm Castings, Coco Chips, Lava Rock, Pumice, Perlite, Gypsum, langbeinite, sea bird and bat guano, fish bonemeal, feather meal, bonemeal, limestone, greensand, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, glacial rock dust, azomite, soybean meal, and rice bran.
Empire Builder Potting Mix is made with Coco Coir, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted Forest Humus, Worm Castings, Coco Chips, Lava Rock, Pumice, Perlite, Gypsum, langbeinite, sea bird and bat guano, fish bonemeal, feather meal, bonemeal, limestone, greensand, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, glacial rock dust, azomite, soybean meal, and rice bran.

I was invited to visit the facility where Empire Builder is mixed. I was really impressed with how clean and nice the compost they use was. It was a “hot” pile, and had a clean earthy smell to it.

Empire Builder potting mix.
Empire Builder potting mix.

This is my first time using the product, but the ingredients appear to be top notch. A very nice potting mix.

root pouches filled with Empire Builder potting mix.
root pouches filled with Empire Builder potting mix.

Just Right Xtra

Just Right Xtra Premium Potting Mix
Just Right Xtra Premium Potting Mix

A mixture of coir, humus, worm castings, diatomaceous earth, subcultures M and B, sulfate of potash, bone char and rare earth.
A mixture of coir, humus, worm castings, diatomaceous earth, subcultures M and B, sulfate of potash, bone char and rare earth.

I’ve had good luck with Just Right Xtra. It is made in New York, and I’ve visited the facility. It has one of the most horrific mixing chambers I’ve seen.

The teeth of the Just Right Xrta mixer wouldn't be out of place in a horror movie.
The teeth of the Just Right Xrta mixer wouldn’t be out of place in a horror movie.

The Just Right Xtra mixer means business.
The Just Right Xtra mixer means business.

Just to try it and see, I cut the top off of a bag, poked holes in the sides, and planted.
Just to try it and see, I cut the top off of a bag, poked holes in the sides, and planted.

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