All Things Gardening forum: how did 'dirt cheap' get to be an adage? do you re-use?

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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
May 7, 2018 2:00 AM CST
Since when is dirt cheap? THe only thing I find more revolting than buying a garbage bag is buying garbage bags to hold dirt, then buying new dirt...

I do pasteurize - damp soil at 250 degree oven for 1 hour (I think you only need 180 for 20 minutes, but I'm lazy, id prefer to leave a decent size batch)

left over garden matrials from various projects include ~8 cu ft pearlite and vermiculite, tons of pool filter sand (600 lbs, so not actually a ton, but lots) soilmaster infied top dressing (baked clay larger than sand, smaller than gravel)- and 12 cu ft of peat moss. I have a small compost area that's mostly oak mulch- very low pH (high acid)

Those of you who have hanging planters and pots - what do you do for your annuals and veggies? I'm zone 7a

Fertilization is something different-
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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May 9, 2018 1:32 AM CST
I tried cooking potting soil once and the house smelled horrible for a week!

Basically, I have a 3 step use of potting soil.

First I mix it myself and use it as "sterile" for seedlings. Most of that goes into the outside ground with transplants.

Second, "leftover" seed-starter potting soil goes into outdoor pots mixed with fresh compost (Leaf-Gro)

Third, the old potting soil goes into the garden. My framed beds are not quite filled to the top, so there is space. Anything extra goes onto the newest flowerbeds since they have the least good soil. Even after a year, the pot soil is better than the yard soil. Every bit helps. And I add some to the compost bin for the active microbial life.

It means that, every year, the soils in each stage is slightly better than what was there before. Win-Win!
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 9, 2018 9:35 AM CST
I've started an Old Potting Soil Pile in the forest. Leaves and debris will fall over it. Animals may poop on it. I will turn it over frequently and later I will see what I end up with. I won't use it for indoor plants, that's for sure!!
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Name: Bumplbea
Oregon (Zone 8b)
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bumplbea
May 9, 2018 6:30 PM CST
I clean up garden and add to the compost pile leaves tree limbs and horses add their recycled hay . Of course a tractor comes in handy to turn it all thru out the season. By next year it will be black gold great mulch.

Pic of pile..just kidding😁
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