Tell me again, why isn't potting soil re-used? I'm getting ready to pot
the sweet basil in the pots that I used last year. It seems a little
manure would, rock phosphate, wood ash, and bone meal would have it back
in shape. There were no disease problems with the basil last year.
My personal inclination is not to re-use potting soil. However, I put
the used potting soil around my herbs or in places where the soil has
sunk. Sure you can go ahead and try it, but that leaves a guessing
game on the right proportions for your basil plants. No harm in
setting up an experiment. Why not label a "control plant?"
Organized! How is that pronounced, please?
I also reuse my potting soil. If it gets heavy I add some ordinary
sand to it. If it is too airy, I put some garden soil in it. I mulch
my containers with a layer of crushed granite and it all gets mixed in
the following year. Granite is a great property for soil texture.
WHAT? You gonna tell me that Omelet is incompetent to advise me and out
of her tiny little mind if she thinks that potting soil can be reused,
and this is what you can expect in the twilight of civilization, and you
are sad to see me fall in with such a bad lot?
Charlie how can you say such things?
So what have you heard?
LMAO....this is one of the things I love about you, Old Trout...I can
count on you to rise to a well-placed fly! ;-)
Aside: You ever read, or see, "A River Runs Through It" -- Norm
Om gave you the same advice I would have given, which validated your
intuition and knowledge, thus I decided to go fishin' instead of
wasting my finger energy on doubling up on the advice. :-)
Ah me, you have indeed fallen in with such a bad lot as Om and I and
other similar-minded folk, one being that crazy old coot from Joisey,
as we all light up, learn and experience the burn-in.
Rock On, Brothers-in-Arms, Rock On
Geezus... That one is SO true!
As more people realize this, I wonder what is going to happen to fix it?
I pray the revolution that is coming will take place at the ballot box.
The problem is, is there anyone in Washington left that gives a rats ass?
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a Bitch."
Discard if you had pest or disease problems, otherwise
leach it to clear fertilizer salts and add a shot of dolomite
to bring pH back to within 6.0 to 7.0 range. Organically
maintained potting soils can be reused indefinitely.
I agree to a point. As potting soil, or soilless mixes age, they break down
smaller and smaller. This will compact in the pot and air will not reach the
roots so easily. You can do as Father Hadkell has said and it is great
advice, but for me, I'd either compost it with a lot of other organic
matierial or I would add it to flower garden beds, or I would re-use it by
also adding a very large percentage of pine bark fines to the old mix.
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