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  1. #1
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    Is is ok to leave what is left of potting soil in outside plastic containers over the winter to use for next year's annuals or should I empty them, clean containers, and start with* fresh potting soil next summer.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Hi Shar,

    It's recommended that you empty the soil and discard, clean the pots and start with fresh soil next year.* In my larger pots that I leave outside I don't do that.* I just take out some of the soil in the spring that has lots of roots and add some bagged compost and mix.* Critters will live in the potting soil, but I don't mind if they're good critters.* I've never had a problem.* One of my pots is a large cement one that has Johnny jump ups and they come back every year.* I leave the soil and just add some organic fertilizer in the spring.

    Newt

  3. #3
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    [align=left]If you have moisture in the soil, you have to consider the pot*could crack over the winter months.[/align]

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    Good point!* I forgot to mention that as some of my plastic pots have cracked that way.

    Newt

  5. #5
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    What if you are planting veggies what about that soil?

  6. #6
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    Redhatlady,

    I would definitely recommend replacing the soil for veggies and using organic potting soil as well.

    Newt

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