Asked by: Jefferey Planchart
asked in category: General Last Updated: 11th April, 2020

Can you use last year's potting compost?

It is entirely possible to reuse old compost: the books tell you not to, but they are assuming you have money to spare/a car/easy access to a garden centre. Bang out the compost from around the roots and use this on top of other pots or plants in the garden.

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Regarding this, is it OK to use old potting soil?

Over time, reusing the same potting soil in container gardening can deplete the nutrient stores in the soil and result in lackluster plants. Luckily, there's no need to do a wholesale soil dump each spring. Hard and compacted soil doesn't leave enough room for roots to grow, so this step is crucial.

Subsequently, question is, can you use compost instead of potting soil? Adding compost or garden soil can be beneficial Two other organic materials that you could add to your potting mix are leaf mold and compost, which offer a wide spectrum of nutrients. Adding some garden soil to a homemade potting mix contributes bulk while buffering against pH changes and nutrient deficiencies.

Then, what can I do with old potting compost?

Reusing loam-based compost You can recycle friable loam-based composts by adding them to the ground to improve soil structure, or using them as a moisture-retaining, weed-suppressant mulch. If you add a fertiliser to the loam-based compost you can also pot up mature plants with it.

Can you compost old potting soil?

Old potting soil can easily be added to a compost pile, though any small, white pieces of perlite will remain, even after the compost is finished.

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