So doing my research on soils. I was looking at some seed starter mix and the quantity is more then I need. What is a good way to store the extra soil?
Perhaps some kind of air tight container.
That is what I was thinking. I figure you just don’t want to leave it open to air.
You may still want to sterilize it before using it after storage. @garrigan62 may know the best way to do that. If not, he will know who does.
Let it dry out before you you seal it up . I stuck mine in a garbage bag dry with as much air as possible out dropped it in a lowes bucket and put the lid on . As long as there is no fungus growing when I open it I plan on using it again.
No need to sterilize without fungus? No other issues to be concerned about?
I baked it to dry it out and it stunk up the whole house but I mix a couple quarts of DE in with my soil as soon as i get it so to have a bit of prevention in case the soil comes with gnat larvae or any thing.but if it is stored for a whole grows worth I would think a problem would be obvious when you open it
Thanks. It’s always nice to get the input from someone that has done it.
By the way, congrats Brother! Can’t wait to see what seeds you choose and what you do with them!!
here this is what I do
Close the potting soil inside the bag it came in, if possible. Use the resealable zipper-like closure, if the bag has one, or fold the bag over and secure the fold with packing tape or a few clothespins.
Place the bag of potting soil inside a solid, not clear, storage tote – or pour the loose soil into the tote if the bag isn’t available. Close the tote lid tightly over the soil.
Place the tote in a cool, dry area of your home, such as a climate-controlled garage or basement where it will be out of direct sunlight and fluctuations in moisture. Do not store the tote outdoors where day and nighttime extremes can affect the soil.
Check on the potting soil every one to two months to ensure it is not growing mold on the surface, which may appear white, green, brown or black. Use the potting soil within six months after you store it, especially if your variety of soil contains plant food.
hope this helps
Thanks Will very helpful
your very welcome, glade I could help