Recycle “old” compost

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Recycle “old” compost
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:42 »
This might seem a stupid question, but here goes anyway.

I’ve got some pots with last years old plants in them (well their roots anyway), rather than just throw it away can I pour the pot out onto my beds I’m preparing this year - or even put in the compost heap?

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 09:52 »
It can go straight on beds, or into compost bins if you prefer.
You can also, pass it through a riddle, to remove roots, add some general fertiliser (eg Blood, Fish & bone) and use it again. (just don't use use tomato pot compost for tomatoes again etc)
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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 10:12 »
Not sure why I didn’t think of this before.
Thanks for answering so quickly.

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2021, 10:26 »
You can pass it through a riddle & use it to sow seeds in - if you're pricking out fairly soon the low nutrient value doesn't matter.

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 16:29 »
we always use our old compost on our raised beds have done for years and if there's any insects in it the birds soon take care of them :D

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2021, 07:21 »
We always chuck any old compost from pots, back onto the garden or onto a new 'raised' bed (it's a bit higher than the rest, as it's the old compost heap), and use it from there for everything - including tomatoes as long as it's at the bottom of the 10" pot. (Isn't that OK Mum)?

After all, it's only a medium like soil, and all it needs is some freshener-feed, and a good dig over to get the old roots and dross out!

I suppose we use about a dozen 70 litre bags of new stuff a year, for kicking things off and salad stuff, but the old compost gets plonked just about everywhere!

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2021, 10:38 »
I always empty my old pots and troughs onto my raised beds and then dig it into the top few inches. I have very fine soil so it helps give it some body and helps water retention.

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2021, 14:01 »
I mix old Tomato pot compost 50/50 with sand and plant Carrots in it .

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Re: Recycle “old” compost
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2021, 05:35 »
I use mine to create an temporary raised bed for a year. I grow spring onions in it for a great harvest (tip from this site many years ago).

The following year it gets incorporated into the soil below.



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