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Question about container soil

Posted by tomatofreak Z9 Phx USA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 12 at 18:04

I have some large tubs and half barrels that I planted with greens, mostly, and a few other veggies. I'm taking all the plants out now and I'm wondering if I should use the soil 1) as is, 2) amend it with fresh potting soil or ??, or 3) take it all out and refill containers with new soil. There's a dense network of tiny roots and lots and lots of happy earthworms. I could always add the soil to other places in the yard, but I'd hate to lose all the earthworms. Any advice?


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RE: Question about container soil

If the worms are happy the soil is healthy. That being said I would still amend it with some fresh potting soil. It will ensure that the worms will continue to have something to eat which in turn will feed your plants.


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Sounds logical. I'll do that. Thanks.


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Agreed. I'd keep the soil and just add a bit of fresh potting soil to it, or maybe even well rotted compost, but I tend to like potting soil too. Let us know what you do and how it works out! Happy gardening!


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