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Can I reuse container soil?

Posted by ladon 10 CA (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 26, 12 at 12:48

Every year I grow most of my tomatoes in the ground, but I've recently started growing some in containers. I had great success with my containers last year but the organic potting mix I used was a little expensive. Can I reuse the soil for a second year if I amend it? And if it's not good to use the container mix for a second year in the containers, can I incorporate it into my ground soil? I just would hate to get rid of it if I can still use it successfully. Also, what should I amend it with if I want to reuse it?

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RE: Can I reuse container soil?

Incorporating it with ground soil is a great way to improve the ground soil and poses no problems in my opinion.

Reusing it gets mixed opinions. Some swear never! So do it all the time. So all I can tell you is that I do. I dump all the containers out onto a big tarp, spread it out in the sun with a rake to dry well, then I mix in about 1/3 new mix and some fresh pelleted fertilizers with it. After cleaning all the containers well I refill the containers and go from there. After the 3rd year the old goes into the garden and I start with new in the containers. Never had any problems with this method.


RE:other discussions

Here is a link to several previous discussions on the question if you want to get more opinions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Reuse potting soil discussions

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