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Rachael
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Using old compost full of roots Reply with quote

Hi all,
I am re potting some of my plants in my balcony garden. One of my hanging baskets needed some jizzing up. The basket was all one mass of roots, many of them appearing to be dead. My question is..... is it ok to break of some of this mass from around each plant, and then break it up and add it to some good new soil, mix it up and then use it to repot the plant? Is it bad or of benefit to have the roots mixed in there?
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To enable you to create thriving container plantings for the summer, please consider the following...
If you intend replanting any old containers, you should get rid of all traces of compost from the previous year. Be scrupulous in your washing as particles of previous year's compost can harbour pests, diseases and mould spores.


From here...... Tips on How to Ensure Colour from Containers.

Dig it into you beds and borders instead.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaaah, that would be a resounding No then Laughing
Thanks GPI, I did have a search for it but all the search terms are fairly commonly used words, like compost Surprised Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So would it be a bad idea to use the compost from this years containers as a mulch in the main garden?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clarabel wrote:
So would it be a bad idea to use the compost from this years containers as a mulch in the main garden?


It would be fine to use it as a mulch in the main garden, just not reused in a pot where the old spent compost would be using up valuable space meant for nutrient filled compost.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh thanks for that.

for permenant container plants, this is where you remove the top few inches and replace with good new compost?
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