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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:44 pm    Post subject: cleaning garden pots Reply with quote

what is safe to disinfect garden pots and tools
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have to agree with Greengage, member11809.

I wrote a piece on that very subject a good while back................. Pot cleaning.

How to prepare your pots and seed trays, cleaning

Any trays or pots that you intend sowing seeds in must be washed in preparation for sowing. Particles of previous year's compost can harbour disease and mould spores. To ensure a clean environment for growing, wash the heavier covering of old compost off with a hose.
Follow this by plunging the containers into water containing a disinfectant such as 'Jeyes fluid' this is available from most well stocked hardware stores. Scrub off any stubborn compost with a scrubbing brush, do this whilst in the disinfectant.
Rinse the containers well under running water and leave them to dry. Use this method on window boxes as well particularly if you have a build up of old compost and your planting tends to finish flowering far too early.

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