Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Sanity check. Using last seasons potting soil
I'm a lazy gardener working at becoming a lazy aquatic plant keeper.
We just got a new aquarium after several years without one, and I'd like to try my hand at plants this time. (Lazy = very low tech)
I've spent the last two weeks reading through posts here.
I was getting ready to start the MTS process, when I realized that we had a good candidate already. We have half a dozen large clay pots for annuals that we typically dump and refill every Spring. Last year, we refilled it with our own organic compost. Lots of great worm castings, a small amount of natural local clay, plus some sand mixed in. We screened it prior to putting it in the pots.
So, this soil has been sitting outside in the pots for about 10 months. They are regularly rained on, but have good drainage. No additional ferts, pesticides or herbicides. I just dug through the sail, and it seems to be the perfect consistency, very grainy although still frozen in spots. Has a great earthy smell to it.
My plan was to throw out the top couple of inches, screen out the annual roots, and then soak the rest for a couple days to remove anything that floats.
Does this sound reasonable? I feel like I should be able to skip most of the rest of the MTS process after that. Maybe test the PH and add the dolomite?
Anything else I should look for?