I have a question for the container garden gurus, For those that grow veggies like Tomatoes, Zucchini, Eggplant in pots every year, when do you replace the potting mix/soil if ever. Do you keep building on it, or is there a point in time when it is removed either completely or partially.
I plan on emptying my pots into the compost heap and make some fresh mixes next year, I already do this with my air pots every year but for the planters I usually go three seasons.
In each pot I plan on using;
1) Rotted logs on the bottom
2) My compost
3) Compost from the recycle center
4) Peat moss or coconut coir
5) Black Kow
7) Rabbit waste (If I have enough by the spring)
handful of 10-10-10 don't know why a 8 ) comes out with an emoticon OK I see its in the code
9) 1 gallon of un-composted (I know thats not a word) kitchen waste
10) 1 gallon of charged Bio-Char
a small handful of Epsom salts and Osmocote after plants are established.
handful of blood meal and 10-10-10 once or twice during the growing season.
For the one permanent planter, I'm actually thinking about cutting out the bottom of the pot, removing the pavers and dig down about 12", place the planter over the hole, add some decaying wood, leaves, yard waste, then make up my potting mix.
I usually have a pot for;
2) Tomato Plant
3) Something like a sweet 100 or sprite
4) Patio Princess
this year I want to try in one of the pots a Hari Eggplant or Listada De Gandia Eggplant
So tips and advice on this would be greatly appreciated.