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DON'T Throw Away Your USED COMPOST. Do This Instead!

DON'T Throw Away Your USED COMPOST. Do This Instead!
We all know gardening is expensive. Especially on the scale that I do it. And I'm a huge fan of growing potatoes in containers. And the most common question I get is. "Wow that must be really expensive to do that, is it really worth it"? But did you know that you can reuse

compost

time and time again? In

this

episode I'm going to take you through exactly what you need to do to be able to use

this

medium over and over again. I'm Tony O'Neill and

this

is Simplify Gardening. Where I show you how to garden in a simpler way. If you want that perfect garden to relax in, or just want to grow

your

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this

. You may be at home and just harvested all of

your

potatoes or carrots or whatever vegetables you wanted. And you may have even had some plants die and because of that you're left over with all

this

used

compost

and you don't know what to do with it. And the answer is to reuse it. Now you may have heard various people saying that you shouldn't really reuse

compost

s. And sometimes

this

is true. But it's usually put out by organizations that are greedy. And they would love nothing more than for you to hand over wads of notes every single year, for you to buy fresh new

compost

. And we all know that spent

compost

will have had all its nutrients

used

by

this

year's plants. But...
don t throw away your used compost do this instead
it's really easy to rejuvenate it and make it as good as new. There is one caveat here though. If you have had a disease, for instance onion white rot, then

this

compost

is best to be disposed of. But as a general rule, we can reuse it. In order to rejuvenate spent

compost

it's a simple matter of using the dump method. Simply dump it into a huge pile on part of the garden or tarp and then you want to get

your

hands into it and you want to break it up. So if there's any roots or anything like that. That are compacting it together then that's what you want to do. You want to literally get in there and break it up like that. Any of these bigger roots can go into

your

standard

compost

you don't need them.

This

is a perfect opportunity to check the

compost

for pests and disease, something like vine weevils or slugs. It's an ample opportunity now to get rid of them because these will kill

your

new little plants when you're growing them when you're reusing

this

product.

This

is now ready to be rejuvenated, so let's take a look how we rejuvenated from

this

point on. Now there are various methods to rejuvenate

compost

. But first I need to explain something to you.

Compost

is just a medium to hold air, water and nutrients for

your

plants and it's also a food source for the microbial life in the soil. Now let's get to turning

this

spent

compost

into a useful product again. There are many methods for rejuvenating

compost

, such as mixing it on a...
don t throw away your used compost do this instead
50 50 basis with new

compost

. Even just doing

this

sometimes can rejuvenate the

compost

enough so that you can reuse it for the next crop. Manures are really good too! They help bulk out the

compost

and they build texture, they stop compaction and they add tons of microbial life into

this

new

compost

which revitalizes it. Even good old topsoil can be added to

your

compost

and

this

will add lots of soil life to

this

dead

compost

. But not only that it practically doubles the volume that you have to use in the garden.The next thing to consider is to add a balanced fertilizer because as we've already discussed

this

is spent

compost

. It's had all its nutrients removed so we now need to reintroduce nutrients into

this

compost

. There are many fantastic fertilizers that you can use such as blood fish and bone or if you're in the U.S blood meal and bone meal. Even products like seaweed pellets can be

used

, all you need to do is make sure that it's a slow-release organic fertilizer. When adding fertilizers be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging because you don't want to over feed. It is much better to underfeed than overfeed, due to nutrient locking. So now we have our rejuvenated fed

compost

how can we reuse it in the gardens? Number one. We can continue to grow crops in pots with

this

compost

. Number two. It can be

used

for potting on young seedlings. Number three. It could be

used

to top dress or mulch the garden over winter. Number four. It could be...
don t throw away your used compost do this instead
added to the

compost

heap. and, number five. We could store

this

in an old

compost

bin ready for next spring or for our potatoes next year. Really, anything you would normally use

compost

for.

This

can be useful because essentially it's the exact same stuff. It's important to note that I haven't mentioned using

this

as a seed starter mix. And the reason for

this

is there could still be some pathogens or pest eggs within the

compost

. Now if you were to use it as a seed starter mix it may prevent the seeds from actually getting mature enough to survive, whereas once they are mature then it wouldn't affect these plants. So at

this

point, if you haven't already

used

the

compost

as a mulch on the garden, then you are now free to use it for whatever you want to use it, minus that seed starting mix. So the alternative here would be to store

this

compost

ready for use in spring. Now we could refill the

compost

bags that it came in originally if we still have them. And these could then be stored in a cool area or in the greenhouse or polytunnel. Alternatively, if you have the old dalek style bins like I have here, you can simply shovel it into these bins and store it over winter and it'll be there safe without the rain affecting it. And you can reuse

this

at any point that you require it. Now if you've watched any of my videos you may remember me saying about the importance of soil life. Well to use

this

compost

in order to build soil quality, there's...
one more thing we need to do and that is to inoculate the soil. So it's a really good idea to inoculate

this

compost

before adding it to build soil and that's to bring in the soil life. Now there are many ways in which we could do

this

. We could use

compost

tea or something like bokashi

compost

which is a form of E.M. And also we could even bring in some worm castings. The great thing about doing these things is it adds lots of soil life to

this

compost

and they will breed over the coming year. But you can also add additional applications as well to really enrich the soil life and

this

will hugely benefit

your

garden. So how long can we use

this

compost

for? Well, pretty much indefinitely. As I've already said, it's just a medium that we can add nutrients to and keep rejuvenating it. But you do need to take some things into consideration. If the

compost

starts getting tired and picks up disease then it's time to cut

your

losses and get rid of it. But growing

your

potatoes and other vegetables in

this

compost

in containers doesn't have to cost the earth. You can make

your

own

compost

, or you can buy it. But if you do have to buy it then you can use it over and over and over again. Don't think it's a one-time use product. If you've got value from

this

video, you can subscribe here. And if you want to know exactly what you can do to build

your

own

compost

instead

of buying it but then reuse that over and over again. Then I have a real detailed...
video here, on the ins and outs of making

compost

. I'm Tony O'Neill and

this

is Simplify Gardening. Where i show you how to garden in a simpler way. Don't forget folks, You Reap What You Sow! I'll see you in the next one. bye