Vegetables and Fruit forum: used potting soil in raised beds?

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Name: Duane
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duane456
Apr 28, 2012 1:09 PM CST
Would you put used potting soil in your raised beds? pros and cons?
Name: Duane
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May 1, 2012 8:28 AM CST
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Name: Kristi
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May 1, 2012 6:08 PM CST
Well, I can't provide pros/cons but I do use "used" potting soil in the raised beds.

I use a good potting soil and when I start new plants next season, I start with fresh in containers. I add the old soil to the existing raised beds.

I have four raised beds and am building the fifth, all for vegetables but one which is berries.

So far I have not encountered any problems. Kristi
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chelle
May 1, 2012 7:22 PM CST
I usually just reuse it for my ornamental flowers - not my food crops. Smiling

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AlohaHoya
May 1, 2012 7:25 PM CST
I use soil media from my greenhouse...I am certified so I want to use fresh sterile media in my plants....but the 'used' stuff is great in the veggie bed!
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Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
May 1, 2012 8:59 PM CST
I do mix about 1/3 back into the new potting soil. I do a lot of large pots, so I have quite a bit left over when I redo those large pots.
Thanks for your responses!
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
May 11, 2012 8:45 PM CST
Always! My heavy outdoor clay needs it badly. And even if a pot has "salted up", dilution with other soil, and rain, will soon flush it clean outdoors.

I've been making potting soil with mostly screened pine bark lately, and I thinki that's great ofr the soil.

If I was worried, I would add it to the compost heap first to dilute it aqnd allow benficial microbes to displace any wierd life that had accumulated in the pots.

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