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Old 02-10-2018, 02:09 AM
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Stuff to buy:
Roll of fencing four feet tall. Something like this:


Fence posts. Something like this. 6 feet tall.


Small camo tarp (could also be green or brown- not blue). Something like this:


Cut a section of fencing about five feet long.
Lay it on the tarp.
poke sharp ends of fencing into tarp to hold it in place.
Roll the fencing into a cylinder, overlapping at least 4", and secure with the cut ends of the fencing.
Fold remainder of tarp into the tube.
The end result will look pretty similar to the picture of the roll of fencing, only with a tarp wrapped around/inside of it, and made from only 1 coil of fencing.

Install tube in a swampy area in about 10" of water. Early Spring or Fall.
Use three equally spaced fence posts to secure the tubes.
**MAKE SURE TO USE SOME KIND OF WIRE TO ATTACH THE TUBES TO THE POSTS.** they can blow over, once the plant gets big. be warned.

Fill with you Favourite organic soil mix. Include enough nutrients for the year.
I would recommend:
50% pro-mix HP (High Porosity) with mychorizae
10% worm castings
40% Mushroom compost or similarly available

Then:
1) Plant plants when the time comes.
2) Water with bat guano and molasses mixture once late summer if desired
3) Harvest huge, beautiful and healthy plants when appropriate.


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Some notes:
- The tube should be about equivalent to three 5 gallon buckets stacked, maybe a little shorter. - it should hold about the same in soil therefore

- Fold the top couple inches of the tube back over itself. This makes the whole thing a lot stronger.

- Water will ebb and flow during the season and even dry out. but being in a swamp, it is the low land and when it rains, water goes there first.

- Swamps hold the heat longer into the fall because it takes longer for the water to lose it's temperature to the air. Therefore swamp plants get an extra couple of weeks before the frost

- Tubes don't have to be made of fencing. Use your imagination.

- It's just a tall hempy bucket.

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Old 02-10-2018, 11:28 PM
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I’m going to be using these this coming outdoor season. The only challenge is getting the soil to them.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:59 PM
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The only challenge is getting the soil to them.
That is a lot of work. A few suggestions would be:

- Smaller bags (5gal, 20-25L) are easier to handle than huge bags or bales.
- Mix everything at home.
- Only plan to put 3-4 @ any one location for security, That is also more than enough work for one day..
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:49 AM
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Hi quality compressed coconut bricks and good organic fertilizer is what I suggest. Build tube, ( I'd use a larger diameter ) throw in a couple of bricks. Wet 'em down, let 'em expand and mix in your nutes and a little molasses and walk away. Come back to plant a couple of weeks later.

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Hi quality compressed coconut bricks and good organic fertilizer is what I suggest. Build tube, ( I'd use a larger diameter ) throw in a couple of bricks. Wet 'em down, let 'em expand and mix in your nutes and a little molasses and walk away. Come back to plant a couple of weeks later.

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Thanks for the suggestions Jerry

I thought about coco fibre but I've had bad luck with it in the past. I think my problem was the "high quality" part of what you wrote. I think I may have used the wrong kind of coconut fibre

I definitely like how it's lighter than peat and highly compressed..
If you are familiar with coco fibre and have a long way to carry supplies, I would go with that.

Also no problem making the tubes bigger.. It's just a lot of soil to buy/lug ..
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