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    That mix if not packed tight and left a bit 'airy' does tend to appear to expand less as the expansion goes into the spaces between the fragments of the mix, but you will always have a more compacted area at the bottom of your bog which is generally wetter, so will expand more and generally upwards as the pot constrains the sideways movement.

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    Water freezing and heaving in a 5-gallon pail can easily break the plastic bottom. I bet that a more shallow container will provide more space for expansion upward.

    Here is a heavy-duty plastic trough that might work well...

    75 Gallon Tank

    I can build a pretty nice cedar box to go around that.

    I will have to special order a container like that. We have similar plastic stock tanks easily available and pretty cheap in our area, but they have an oval-shaped rim that I don't like. The rectangular shape is better.



    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Booth View Post
    That mix if not packed tight and left a bit 'airy' does tend to appear to expand less as the expansion goes into the spaces between the fragments of the mix, but you will always have a more compacted area at the bottom of your bog which is generally wetter, so will expand more and generally upwards as the pot constrains the sideways movement.

    Cheers
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    I think that will be fine, I have used something similar over here for years (I know it's not as cold here but I have had it frozen solid on occasion and it's been fine) and the sides do give a bit somir will 'expand' when forced.
    Cheers and good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post

    I can build a pretty nice cedar box to go around that.
    Now if you're going to put that inside a wooden construction, perhaps you should consider making that larger than you need and packing between the box and the tank with sand. That should provide good insulation.

    Many gardeners over here use sand plunge beds to put pots of hardy plants in to overwinter. You could always cover the sand portion and use it as a seat.
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    Instead of plastic you might be better off with one of these. Just a thought.
    Rubbermaid Stock Tanks - Watering Tank - Livestock Watering Tanks @ Rubbermaid For Less
    If going less expensive look for a used one, CL farm sections
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
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