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What to Do W/End of Season Soil

cougarcrazy1969 added on September 18, 2015 | Answered

In Maine, what should I do with the soil from my 5-gallon bucket gardens from this first season? Is the soil reuseable for next season? If so, how do I keep it preserved through the winter? Also, what do I put it in for storage? I am a disabled gardener and missed gardening so much that the 5-gallon buckets this summer were my attempt to garden again. I had great success with the tomatoes, not sure yet about the potatoes. The green peppers did good, and the eggplant did good. I didn't know what else I could plant in them this year. Plus, I had no one to ask. Thanks for whatever you can do to tell me how to prepare for my next season. I look forward to it already. Ellie Oh, my cukes did good too.

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Answered on September 21, 2015

I would recommend composting the old soil.

Clean the bucket throughly and start next spring with new soil.
Old soil can cause problems with disease and poor plant production.

Here are some links for you with more information.

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