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Tips on how to re-use compost in your containers

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Salads are one of the easiest crops to grow in old compost – these are in a mix that is several years old.

How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients

by Mark Ridsdill Smith

Traditional gardening books often tell you to replace the compost or soil in your pots each year. But if you have more than just a few pots, emptying and refilling all your pots will be a time consuming, messy, difficult job. It will also be expensive. And it just seems a waste to throw it away.

So a question I’m commonly asked is: ‘is it possible to re-use the soil / compost in pots’?

The answer is most definitely YES. It will last for several seasons, at least (and perhaps even indefinitely).

Learning how to re-use it is really useful if you are growing in containers, so the aim of this post is to help you on your way.

What you need to know…

There is quite a lot of detail and information in this post. If it seems overwhelming, you only really need to remember three things:

 

 

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.