Soil in large flower pots

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    conniefarmer
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    How often do I have to change the soil in my large flower pots?


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    iris43
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    I guess it depends on exactly how big are your pots.  I empty my window boxes every year and put new soil in bc they are not very deep.  But for my half-barrels, I just take out the top 8-12″ and replace that with new soil.  Any smaller pots, I empty and replace.


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    margba
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    Have wondered about that for some time!  Thanks for the advice!  Often I replenish my flower pots I reuse w/ the soil that comes w/ the plants you buy annually from the nurseries or wherever you buy them!  Just shake off as much soil from the roots as you can into the flower pot, & there you have it!


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I do the same thing as Iris43.  After I take off the top soil, I place that in the bottom of another large pot or incorporate it into my annual gardens.  I just can’t force myself to throw away perfectly good dirt.  Charlene


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    hopscotch
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    I usually empty all my pots into the raised beds, and start with new soil in the pots.  I save the leaves from the fall, then in the spring I put a bunch in the pot or a bucket and crush them up with my hands.  Then I pour new topsoil in with the leaves and mix it together, then put that mix in the pots.  Adds organic matter to the soil, and is also a lot lighter than plain soil.  Besides, it’s fun sticking your hands in the leaves and just crushing and stirring away.

    Leroy


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