Can You Reuse Potting Soil?

Is there any way to revive old dirt in pots left out all winter?

By Jodee H from St. Louis, MO

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January 6, 20090 found this helpful
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I always use the soil on my lawn to fill in holes that may have developed. Works great when added with some grass seed.

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January 9, 20090 found this helpful
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I either put it in my compost bin or put it in the bottom of pots and top up with new when transplanting plants to bigger pots.

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March 12, 20090 found this helpful
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I keep a 5 gallon pail with a cover to dump used soil in. I put in cut up chunks of fruit and veggie peels, egg shells, etc. Each time stuff is added, either stir or shake up the whole pail. When 1 pail is 3/4 full, start another. Just keep adding used soil and "scraps" as you have them. You're actually composting in miniature.

I use this to fill about 1/2 of the next pot I want to use, put in the plant, then fill to desired level with new soil. Much cheaper than using all new soil, uses "garbage" as fertilizer"/compost, and it's basically free.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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Of course. I pool all my soil from last year's annuals in a pile, add peat moss and fresh potting soil as needed, and find that I usually only buy one small bag of new soil each year. Make sure your pots stay outside all winter so they get nice and chilled to kill off bugs or diseases, and make sure all your pots drain well. I inherited some pots without drainage and while every bulb in them rotted, the soil was okay after mixing with peat and new soil.

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

I use mine every year. I usually add some new stuff (soil) and it works fine.

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April 18, 20100 found this helpful

Yes, stir it to make it soft & add some new composted manure to it, good luck.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

I haven't had problems reusing the soil in pots. You do need to revive it a bit though, especially if you have been using commercial fertilizers. Just scrap off & toss out the top inch or so of the old soil to remove the fertilizer salts, loosen up the remaining soil & mix in some fresh compost, peat moss & a little composted manure. Then when you've got it all replanted cover the soil with some mulch, like dried grass clippings or wood chips.

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