how to store used potting soil

how to store used potting soil

Properly Storing Used Potting Soil

Having rich, healthy soil for planting is essential to have plants that thrive. But when potting soil, which usually holds a lot of moisture, is left un-contained, it can breed mildew and mold and start to smell. To prevent this, proper storage of used potting soil is just as important as creating the perfect environment for the plants to grow in. Here are a few tips to help you store used potting soil:

Step 1: Clean and Dry the Potting Soil

It is important to make sure the potting soil is free of any debris and fully dry before transferring it to a container. The best way to do this, without having to buy additional soil, is to spread it out on a large surface area in direct sunlight. It is also important to make sure there is good air flow around the soil so that it can dry completely. This could take about two days.

Step 2: Choose the Right Container

Once the potting soil is dry, transfer the soil to a container that will:

  • Keep Water Out: Make sure that the container has a lid and that it seals tightly to keep water out and to help prevent mildew and mold.
  • Not Take up too much Space: Choose a container that is the right size. The container needs to be large enough to hold the soil, but not so large that it doesn’t fit into whatever space you’re storing it.
  • Be Easy to Carry: Make sure that the container is sturdy and easy to carry.

Step 3: Find the Right Storage Location

The storage location should be cool and dry. Some ideas for where to store the potting soil include:

  • A closet in the house
  • A dry area in the basement or garage
  • A covered shed or patio

Step 4: Label and Date the Container

Label the container with the date you put the soil in it and, if you know, the date you originally bought the soil. This will help you keep track of when it is time to change out your soil or freshen it up with new soil.

Storing potting soil properly not only keeps the soil usable but can also help you to keep your work area tidy and organized. Follow these tips and your plants will grow bigger and healthier in rich, well-maintained soil.