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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jan 30, 2015 5:01 PM CST
A tip I came across:
For those of you that love flowers and have a friend or acquaintance that loves fishing, ask them to save the "dirt" that their bait comes in. This can be added to your potting soil to boost its enrichment. You can put it directly into flower pots to revive that worn out soil, with out going to the expense of new potting soil.
Source: I read an article in our local newspaper about someone that raises worms just for the soil they leave behind. It was sold as "black gold". Having a husband that loves to fish encouraged me to do this on my own.
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drdawg
Jan 30, 2015 5:14 PM CST
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2015 11:05 AM CST
Thumbs up Linda, a lot of folks love vericomposting, worms are great for breaking down food scraps quickly! Check out the Soil and Compost forum for lots more tips and ideas: http://garden.org/forums/view/compost/
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Feb 1, 2015 7:51 AM CST
There's no doubt that there's great fertility in worm castings, but this might be a better addition to a ground garden. In the tiny, closed environment of a pot, it's virtually impossible to provide fertility & nutrients via soil for plantings that aren't temporary (like porch pots of annuals.) The microbes that make nutrients available to plant roots aren't able to survive in a pot, and tiny particles of any kind can cause roots to suffocate (and then rot, called "overwatering.") Tiny particles lodge closely together with no air between them, stopping the air circulation and evaporation process, and this can cause the suffocation. Roots need oxygen & moisture at the same time to function.
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 1, 2015 9:43 AM CST
"Black Gold" is also a brand name for worm castings.
Perhaps you could share a link to the newspaper article so we could read it in its entirety?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 1, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Yes, Black Gold makes Potting Soils and Fertilizers:

http://blackgold.bz/products/potting-soils/
http://blackgold.bz/
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