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#1 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:28 PM

This was my very first garden and I was very pleased with the results. Can't wait to do it next year, although I think I'll grow more fall/cooler weather vegetables and less summer veggies- I just couldn't keep up with cooking and preparing them. I make a mean salsa though.

So now I want to pull the plants and put the soil and containers away for winter, but I'm not finding a whole lot of tips or anything online. Do I need to do anything special to ensure I can reuse the soil next year? Anyone have advice for this gardening noob?

#2 hoagie

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

This was my very first garden and I was very pleased with the results. Can't wait to do it next year, although I think I'll grow more fall/cooler weather vegetables and less summer veggies- I just couldn't keep up with cooking and preparing them. I make a mean salsa though.

So now I want to put pull the plants and put the soil and containers away for winter, but I'm not finding a whole lot of tips or anything online. Do I need to do anything special to ensure I can reuse the soil next year? Anyone have advice for this gardening noob?


Dont reuse the soil, unless you plan to fertilize or enrich it, but for containers, it's easy enough to by potting mix next season.

#3 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:34 PM

Oh I'll definitely add compost and whatever else next year for nutrients, but it's way too expensive for the amount of plants I'll have to buy all new soil every year. I have a lot of containers so I'd like to try to use the soil I have for a base.

#4 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:38 PM

Haven't done much with containers, but I think logically it makes sense not to use the same soil for more than a couple of years...if it starts to harbor any pathogens, you could be in for trouble...one of the reasons why I think crop rotation makes sense in a regular garden.

Didja get Putting Food By yet? :)

Congrats on what you did this year...from this advanced intermediate's perspective, you kicked ass!

#5 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:45 PM

I see what you mean about disease. That's why I'm wondering if there's a way to mitigate with proper storage or whatnot. I have two container that can't be moved, they're too large, just pull the plants and leave them out open or should I cover them? The others are many 5 gallon buckets- I can keep them dry under the house and out of sight.

And thanks Tim. For everything- your encouragement and light. :smile:

Didn't get the book yet but I will. :lol:

Crop rotation- so maybe if I mark on the bottom what was grown the year before and grow something else in it next...

#6 nancykind

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:03 PM

i re-used half the soil from last year and added half fresh but wasn't happy with the results. last year just rocked the house. :) heavy composting may help but this year i can use all the soil as fill so i'll be starting over again next year.

#7 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

Dumped the bucket soil, we'll see what the container boxes do.

#8 SunshineDrummer

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:44 PM

Most of our stuff goes in the ground, but we use containers for herbs and peppers. I've tried reusing soil in the same fashion as Nancy, but we weren't happy with the results either (low yield/smaller plants & not as vibrant) so we've been starting fresh each year. That seems to work best. But we're only talking about maybe 6-8 medium sized containers.

#9 nancykind

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:47 PM

oh, and i covered mine last winter with the tops of the containers and a tarp over the group. they got a little algae-y so not sure i would cover them again.

#10 hoagie

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:54 PM

You're likely to run out of nutes in any container byt the end of a grow, so unless you are going to really work the compost or whatever into the old soil (which seems like a ton of work to me), I would just get fresh topsoil, or potting mix in the bag. At the end of the day, the time and effort saved will be worth the extra $$, and your plants will have sterile nutritious growing medium at the start of the next grow.

#11 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

Okay. But I added a ton of compost to the potting soil anyhow and will again because all of my plants produced really well. Compost is cheap enough, and turns out I really like mixing dirt. :lol:

I have to repair one of the boxes anyway, so I'll probably dump that soil and try reusing the soil in the other box and see how it does.

#12 Tim the Beek

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:50 PM

And thanks Tim. For everything- your encouragement and light. :smile:


Fuck you, too.

<3

#13 Cheezdude

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:10 PM

I agree with the others that have suggested the used soil will be depleted of nutrients. But you could save some money,
by using your compost pile. Dump your used soil in with the compost. Then you can re-use some of that next year, with
a smaller amount of new potting soil. And I would add some early season, and late season fertilizer. :)

#14 nancykind

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:12 PM

plastic containers were super fragile by spring too and some kept breaking. the rubber ones did better than the plastic ones

#15 cdrhead

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 08:45 PM

I would dump all the dirt out in a pile on the ground somewhere. Let the rain and snow get to it all winter, then fortify with new compost in spring or feed with organic ferts. Potted soil tends to build up nutrients and stuff...... A good leaching will remove most of it. Adding an amount of fresh rich soil in the spring would also help.

#16 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:47 PM

super excited to see Wit within an hour. that's all. carry on, hippies :)

#17 Ginger Snap

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:48 PM

On my way Sugar. :smile:

#18 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:49 PM

hurry, damn it!!!

#19 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:50 PM

you're still logged on :tapsfoot:

#20 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:51 PM

still see you...

#21 Jwheelz

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:53 PM

I'm putting all of southern New England on alert with you 2 together :lol:

#22 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:55 PM

oh, there will be 4 of us.

and no boys allowed

#23 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:55 PM

she's still logged on :joker:

#24 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

I'm hungry damn it!! :joker:

#25 Jwheelz

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:58 PM

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have fun, try not to get into too much trouble :lol:

#26 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

like THAT'S possible with Wit :lmao:

#27 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

:lmao:

#28 china cat

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

:lmao: :lmao:

#29 Jwheelz

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:01 PM

:lol:

#30 china cat

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

one down...


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#31 china cat

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:15 AM

5 more to go :lol:

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#32 china cat

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:16 AM

wit cookin... YUM

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#33 seany

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:06 AM

Remember: You won't remember Wit taking advantage of you if you mix wine and ambien :wink: :funny1:

#34 Tim the Beek

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:09 PM

and no boys allowed


Word to the wise...tryin' to pull off a panty raid on a bunch of hippie chicks was a dumb idea.

:funny1:

#35 seany

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:07 PM

What panties? :lol:

#36 china cat

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

:lol:

we were good. 4 bottles of wine. lots of girl bonding

(not bondage, bonding)

#37 china cat

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:31 PM

wit's still here. on to the twisted teas now :lol:

#38 KrisNYG

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

:rolling:

#39 Tim the Beek

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

What panties? :lol:


Presactly! :)

#40 Tim the Beek

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

wit's still here. on to the twisted teas now :lol:


we were good.


Note the past tense. :mrgreen:

#41 PeaceFrog

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