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    Default Soil that Tomatoes have been grown in

    So last year, being the amateur I am, planted 3 packets of Tom seeds and ended up with 50 plants!! These were grown in morrisons flower tubs. Now I've ended up with 50 tubs of soil, but ive been told I can not recycle the soil by tipping it into raised beds and growing other veg in it!! Is this true? What can I do with this soil! Thanks!
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    I'd like to know who told you that you couldn't reuse the soil - and why
    I reuse mine every year - usually for topping up the beds in the GH.
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    Something to do with disease? Some of my toms went brown, but I wasn't planning on using the soil for that, more root veg?
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    Was it just the tomato fruit that went brown? IF it was, it will be fine to reuse. If the whole plant went brown, it was probably blight, and I would be wary about growing tomatoes or potatoes in it for a few years, but for root veg and salads, you could definitely reuse it.

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    Blight will only survive on plant material not in the growing medium.

    Personally I would riddle it, mix in some 7-7-7 fertiliser and reuse it. Some of my compost has gone round that many times I have no idea how old it is.
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    I guess it was the compost manufacturers that told you that! I reuse compost many times and have never encountered any problem other than a lack of nutrients (easily sorted with a bit of fertiliser). I must admit I would not plant tomatoes or other members of the same family in the same potting compost twice, but as for most other things, yes.

    Compost is so expensive now that nobody can afford to just dump it on the compost heap, far less discard it.

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    As my toms come out spring cabbage go in the same soil.I have a lovely crop of spring cabbage now! Need I say more!
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    ^ I grow mine in mosser's flower buckets too. I recycle it all. This year I have added some of that compressed coir to it along with some blood fish and bone. It'll get used for a variety of tasks.
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