Recycling old dirt in plant pots

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by Jenny Smith, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Jenny Smith

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    Hello! I apologize if this is listed somewhere else but I can't seem to find any information.

    I have moved to a smaller place and have old dirt in pots that I hate to throw into the garbage. In the pots is mostly dirt, but also old roots, some composted material and yard trimmings. I called Vancouver Landfill about their Yard Trimming Composting, but they said the dirt would clog their machines.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on a good place to "donate" some of this soil?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Use it as mulch on the garden soil.
     
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    Debby Active Member 10 Years

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    Yes, just scatter it among planted areas. Nature (rain, worms, etc.) will recycle it.
     
  4. Jenny Smith

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    Thanks! However, I'm sorry, I wasn't clear. I've moved to a much smaller apartment and only have enough room for a few pots on the balcony. It's at capacity now and I still have about ten pots full of dirt left over. I don't know anyone with a house with proper garden beds where I can scatter the soil around.

    Is there anything like compost donation in the city? Perhaps at community gardens? It is good dirt and I hate to think of it going to a landfill.

    Thank you so much for your responses!
     
  5. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Community gardens would be a good idea. They'll have their own compost heap it can be tipped on.

    Might be best to sterilise it first, pour boiling water on it or 'cook' it in a microwave, to kill any possible pests or diseases.
     

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