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Potting soil - what to do with the used soil?

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JanetsFamily blog photos
Joined: 6/06/2007
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Posted: Jun/13/2007 10:56 AM PST

Hi, I repot my perennials as needed with Miracle Gro potting soil and use the same for annuals. So, I've been dumping the "used" soil in one large pile, and now I have a wheelbarrow full of dirt! haha! My question is - what should I do with all the "used" soil? I'm not sure if I can amend the dirt so I can use it, or if it's recommended to not use it. I am a 100% container gardener so I don't have the option to add it to any bedding around the yard. Thanks for your help!
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Posted: Jun/13/2007 11:10 AM PST

I reuse mine - is that bad?
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Posted: Jun/13/2007 11:33 AM PST

Bensmom, when you reuse yours, what do you do to amend it? I spent so much money on miracle gro this year that I was hoping to be able to reuse it next year and have wondered what to add to it next year if I do reuse it.
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Posted: Jun/13/2007 11:43 AM PST

That's my point - I do nothing to it!!!
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Posted: Jun/16/2007 9:12 AM PST

I talked to my neighbor who has the most magnificient container plantings. She never reuses the old soil - it goes into the compost pile and gets mixed in with the compost. She said you should uses fresh soil every year. Since I do not want to replant mine she suggested throwing some fertilizer in them.
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Posted: Jun/16/2007 6:31 PM PST

Thanks for the info!
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Posted: Jun/16/2007 7:34 PM PST

I add a little slow release fertlizer in mine. Then each time they get water they get a minute amount of food too.
JanetsFamily blog photos
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Posted: Jun/18/2007 10:10 AM PST

Thanks MamaBear, I will try that.
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Posted: Jun/18/2007 11:36 AM PST

I don't use Miracle Gro, but I do recycle my soil. At the end of the season I empty all my pot into a plastic garbage can(s) (I fill up 6+ 30 gal can) and cover it and clean all my pots. In the spring I amend my soil 6 parts old stuff, 1 parts peat moss, 1 parts compost, and 1 part sand. I have been doing this for years now and my container plants are doing just fine.
Any extra old soil I place it in the compost pile or use it to dress up the lawn.
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Posted: Jun/18/2007 4:54 PM PST

Thank you for all the input! All great advice I can use.
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