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Fill Planters with Packing Peanuts

Martha Stewart Living, June 2010

Don't throw out the foam peanuts or bubble packing material the next time you get a box in the mail; put them to use. 

When filling outdoor planters, sub the packing material for up to half the soil. The plant won't know the difference, the container will be lighter, and you'll use less soil. Place the packing material in a plastic bag at the bottom of the pot, and cover with the soil.

Comments (3)

  • love4seasons 18 Oct, 2012

    What about the drainage? Won't it be prevented because of the plastic bag? If plastic bag is removed would it cause mold to develop? Thanks

  • LucyChandler 27 Feb, 2011

    I'm wondering whether these have to be special kinds of peanuts. Are they okay for plants we are going to eat?

  • FireRockss 11 Jul, 2010

    I have been doing this for a few years now with the packing peanuts. I am a little worried about using the airbags though with the weight of the soil. I guess potting soil would be ok though because it tends to be light and fluffy. For the peanuts though,I read a tip to take some stretched out panty hose and put them in it. It keep's them all together. I also use chunks of styrofoam from other packages also :)