Problem: Heavy potted plants
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A foundation of foam peanuts makes pots
easier to move and improves drainage.
Buy a bag of foam packing peanuts
instead (available at office supply stores).
Fill the pot one-third to one-half full of
peanuts, cover with landscape fabric
and then add soil. This cuts the weight
and saves money, since peanuts cost
less than good potting soil. However, a
smaller amount of soil means more frequent
watering. To slow evaporation,
cover the soil with wood mulch.