Ask a Question forum→To use or not to use, old bottle soil?

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Dekalb, IL
Jun 14, 2020 2:28 PM CST
I abandoned a bottle garden 3 years ago. There is some intresting stuff going on in those bottles now. I know sometimes decomposed plant material can add nutrients to soil so I'm not sure if I should mix it with new soil or not.. I just don't know if what I have is good or toxic. Please help I don't want to waste my accidentally created compost if it could be valuable to my new garden.
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Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 14, 2020 2:42 PM CST

I would dump it into my compost pile (if I had one Smiling ). But I don't so I would probably dump it into an un-used corner of my veggie garden where I put old potting soil, to be dug in next winter.
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Jun 15, 2020 5:38 AM CST
You can spread it on any ground outside, but not in a pot or container inside or out. I would just toss it in the lawn.
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Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jun 15, 2020 6:50 AM CST
No reason not to dig it into the garden soil away from the plants. It's an accepted way to improve soil.

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