Keep Potted Plants From Dropping Dirt With A Mesh Produce Bag

Potted plants need drainage holes at the bottom to release excess water, but you don't want soil to come out with it, especially if you keep your plant indoors. Luckily, all you need to keep it clean is a mesh bag (the kind you get oranges and onions in).

All you need to do is cut open a mesh plastic orange bag, fold it over once so it can trap more dirt, then set it across the drainage hole at the bottom of a new pot. Then, use some rocks to hold it in place, and add your soil and seeds. Water will run through the mesh as usual, but it will trap most loose soil and keep it off your floor

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    Ideally - all your pots should start with either a layer of gravel large enough to not fall out the drainage holes, up to the top of the holes - or a layer of an organic loose knit fabric like hessian sacks (you can buy special cloth for it at most gardening stores, but it's largely the same with a higher price tag - only really useful for trees which may stay in their pot for up to 10-15 years before planting).

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