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I have a small garden and grow all my vegitables and flowers in pots. When I have emptied the pot and at the end of the year when I have a lot of 'spare' manure/compost/soil do I discard it or can I keep it for next years crop?



If you have any bare earth in your small garden you could use the spent compost or potting soil as a mulch. Over time it will be no different from the rest of the soil. It is best not to reuse compost for potting up seedlings or young plants or for potting on. It may contain pests such as vine weevil eggs or plant diseases.

21 Jul, 2011


If you can use your compost from the flowers to grow your veg in and vice versa you may get away with it. You will need to feed the compost though as all the nutriments will have been used by this years plants. Be 'very' careful with compost from pots where you have grown any of the solanum family.

Your big risk is bugs in the compost that will overwinter and attach your plants the following year.

21 Jul, 2011


Thank you very much for your answers. I was hopping to get away with it but I will discard this years growing soil and start again next year.

22 Jul, 2011


I think you are being wise on this.

22 Jul, 2011

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