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is it possible to leech a bag of compost of all its nutrients and make it "Inert"? 
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  • is it possible to leech a bag of compost of all its nutrients and make it "Inert"? 
    by running water through it say in a large fabric pot?
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,192
    On purpose?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,955
    Why would you want to pay £5.00 or so for a bag of compost then do that with it? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hampshire HogHampshire Hog HampshirePosts: 330
    IF your asking does compost deteriorate over time then the answer is yes, Always try to buy the newest compost you can not always easy as not all manufacturers put a manufacturer or best by date on there compost.
    If the bags look old or faded then dont bother they are old and most of the goodness has probably gone, I always offer to buy them at a discount as old stock some will some won't, if I get any I use them as top dressing / soil improver
    "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
  • my aim is to have an inert soil base for my homemade mix... thanks all but i have found Coco Coir 
  • soil base* base ingredient

  • any advice on homemade mixes for tomatoes and similar? 
    I know of stuff like kelp meal, crab meal, neem meal for dry amendments.
    Coco will now be my base ingredient for mass 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    For tomatoes, I just use good quality compost. I don't do anything else to it,  although they get a couple of feeds [ liquid tomato food] along the way.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,955
    Same as Fairygirl, I buy a Tomorite gro bag, mixed in with garden soil and home made compost, then feed with a Tomorite or similar feed a couple of times, this year I fed them twice. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • is it okay to feed tomatorite right from the start of the plants life ?
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