Re-using compost??

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Stewarty

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Re-using compost??
« on: January 19, 2022, 18:02 »
I always grow quite a lot of aubergines, tomatoes, peppers and melons in 2 unheated ricketty old greenhouses on my allotments. I'm just gearing up to sow the seeds in the south-facing conservatory at home. For years I grew them in grobags on shelves - a back problem prevents me growing them at ground level. For the last 2 or 3 years I've changed to growing them in various large containers filled with shop-bought cheapest multi-purpose compost. It all worked very well last year....
Now I'm wondering about re-using last year's compost, pepped-up with liquid feed. As I'm reluctant, perhaps unable, to pay lots of money for all-new compost. I'd be grateful for advice as to whether this is a practical notion....?  What problems and failings might there be?   eg  pests? inadequate nutrition? anything else?

Or  -  am I just too much of a cheapskate for this game...?

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Re: Re-using compost??
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2022, 18:22 »
Adding some multi-purpose fertiliser makes the compost reusable - but the accepted wisdom, is not to reuse it to grow the same family. 
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aubergines, tomatoes, peppers
are all the same family. So you could grow the melons in those pots and vice versa.
I'm guessing that you have more of the tomato family compost though  :(




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