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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby isabelbrinck » Apr 29, 2009 8:00 pm

Coir is also more ecologically friendly, says my Container Gardening book by Stuart Robertson. It is used to replace peat. Apparently peat is very difficult to obtain, takes a long time for all its components to decompose, etc.

He also says 50% new soil each year, btw. ;)
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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby Smitty » Apr 29, 2009 9:29 pm

thanks ladies I will look for it
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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby evepet » Apr 29, 2009 9:52 pm

Thanks for the info everyone.

I see compressed coir (Natura brand) is available at Home Hardware. They also have bags of worm castings which sounds like a good idea too?

Would a 50/50% coir/worm castings mixture be good..... then mixed in to with the old soil, approximately 50/50 ratio again?


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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby bluewillow » Apr 30, 2009 7:34 am

...and I get confused between peat moss and spag.

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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby Smitty » Apr 30, 2009 8:40 am

sounds good to me eve.
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Re: 2nd year balcony container garden - Do I need all new soil??

Postby evepet » Apr 30, 2009 8:56 am

8) Okey-dokey. That sounds like a plan. Thanks again to everyone for your help. :)
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