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76summerwind
cape may court house, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2003
4:51 AM

Post #475439



I am serious...
Someone puts dirt in the Microwave... Honest!!
Can't remember who.
Sandy
gardendragon
Ladysmith, BC
(Zone 8a)

February 23, 2003
9:59 PM

Post #475814

If you want to sterilize your soil before planting your seeds, then put in the microwave. You will never want to use your microwave again for food, as the smell is unbelievable!
An old microwave is just great for the garden! I cannot remember how long to nuke your soil, about 2 minutes I think.
Aotearoa
New York City, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 23, 2003
10:47 PM

Post #475849

Do not do this indoors.

Remember, you've been warned ;~)

Adam.
76summerwind
cape may court house, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2003
3:02 AM

Post #476011


Thank You All:

I knew some did it.
Found a worm in soil!
Out it went but, I will nuke from now on...

My neighbor has a summer place, They'll never know !

Smells bad HuH? You should smell my cookies!
sandy
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2003
6:54 PM

Post #476367

I've done this several times. It is indeed smelly. My hubby complained about the smell.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

February 24, 2003
8:58 PM

Post #476410

On one of the other threads someone mentioned using a turkey roasting bag to contain the odor.
TLC
Aotearoa
New York City, NY
(Zone 6b)

February 24, 2003
10:47 PM

Post #476479

I think they are being overly optimistic, TLC.

This is quite an unplesant and permeating aroma.

Do it outdoors.

Adam.
TwinLakesChef
OC, CA & Twin Lakes , IA
(Zone 4b)

February 24, 2003
11:56 PM

Post #476514

I'm not interested in doing AT ALL!
Tried that 30 years ago and gave up gardening! LOL

TLC
troy
Hanover, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 26, 2003
2:31 AM

Post #477572

i had a microwave in the GH for a while for that reason. Didn't think it smelled that bad also didn't think it worked that well still had weeds coming up even after 5 minutes
76summerwind
cape may court house, NJ
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2003
1:43 AM

Post #479243



Unbelieveable SMELL!!!!
I thought the low tide gasses were bad.
No competion... Nuke dirt takes first prize!!!!!!

Think I'll give up gardening before i get started.

Who should I thank for this?????

Sandy
Aotearoa
New York City, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 1, 2003
5:48 PM

Post #480483

Did they have to evacuate the town?

Adam.
76summerwind
cape may court house, NJ
(Zone 6a)

March 12, 2003
1:20 AM

Post #488535




No Adam but, they wanted me too
Has to be a better way.

I did it at my neighbors>> Almost lost a friend!
Sandy
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2003
8:38 PM

Post #493945

Must admit, been there done that. Long before microwaves and store bought potting soil, I used to bake my dirt in the oven on cookie sheets!
Just put it on the sheets and baked at 250 for a few hours, I don't recall a foul odor.
DawnG
Chardon, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2003
10:41 PM

Post #494005

I actually do this a lot for growing fern spores. It depends on the composition of your soil on what it smells like. I rather like the peat/perlite mix I use. What I do is make sure the soil is moist (if not, it could catch fire) and put it in for 10-15 minutes. I leave it sit in the micro for the full half hour.

Dawn
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 19, 2003
11:02 PM

Post #494018

I sterilize seed starter every year. That allows me to re-use last year's starter. Of course, this isn't really dirt, but rather peat, vermiculite & perlite. You just want to maintain an inner temp of about 180 degrees F. for about a half hour. I use turkey baking bags, and there is just a minor smell from the vermiculite heating, I think... no swampy smells. Here's a link to my thread last year: http://davesgarden.com/t/202837/

I strongly recommend the use of a sterile soiless starter for starting seeds indoors. This really slims down the chance of 'dampening off'. Seedlings live off the cotelydons when small, so nutrients aren't needed in the soil until those die back.
Carena
Woodburn, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2003
11:15 PM

Post #494023

how many carbs per serving?
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 19, 2003
11:23 PM

Post #494032

We're talking Sterilized Starter here, Carena... not Solent Green! LOL
Carena
Woodburn, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 19, 2003
11:28 PM

Post #494034

But I'm so poor this month!!! 12 more days til payday... It can't taste THAT bad, can it? soylent green, there's a thought!!!
Aotearoa
New York City, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2003
2:04 AM

Post #494117

Am I remembering correctly what Soylent Green was actually made of?

Adam.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 20, 2003
4:57 AM

Post #494179

Speak softly some of us DGers are old enough to be an ingredient!
tiG
Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2003
10:41 PM

Post #495723

Adam, I think you are remembering correctly! weez, if they use me, I want to see that same film the old man did first.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 23, 2003
2:08 AM

Post #495832

I really think I'd rather be buried in the compost pile. That way, when my DH sits down to a meal of fresh garden produce, I'll be having dinner with him... of course the same could be said of Soilent Green! I can see most of the movie the old man watched by looking out my window... mountains, wildlife, eagles, etc.
Carena
Woodburn, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2003
6:13 AM

Post #495986

I'm trying to remember, wasn't there soylent green and soylent red? I might have to go rent the movie just to find out!
CultivatingKate
Holmes, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 3, 2007
8:02 PM

Post #3352207

I remember when my mother tried to sterilize her soil in the microwave while she puttered around in the garden. Lost track of time and ended up burning up the microwave. We were very lucky the house didn't burn down. She never heard the end of it! I guess there was some flammable additive in the soil.

This thread is very old but I just had to put in my 2 cents. Be very careful! You too could end up the laughing stock.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


April 4, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #3353281

Hi, Kate. I've never used the microwave for sterilizing soil, but it probably works fine if you don't try to garden at the same time! I use the oven and a turkey bag.
weedsfree
Magna, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2008
7:49 PM

Post #4726963

I just bake the soil in the oven. Doesn't stink that way. Plus you don't have to worry about buying a new oven/microwave. Just leave the door open to vent when done. If you are still skeptical, clean it.
heathrjoy
Weedville, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 29, 2008
8:13 PM

Post #4727033

I'd never do soil from the ground this way, but I've done soil and seed starting mix from bags a couple of times. I remember a smell, but I don't remember it driving me out of the house...and I'm sure it would have if it was that bad because that stuff can really bother me sometimes. I'd imagine that soil from the ground would stink a whole lot worse though.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 29, 2008
9:19 PM

Post #4727202

Yes, I use a fine propagation mix, so it doesn't really smell all that bad.
weedsfree
Magna, UT
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4756370

I haven't done soil from the ground but curing a dutch oven smells a lot worse!
doccat5
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #4757083

I've been looking for a 2nd hand microwave. I can set it on a stand out on my porch. The only way I'm going to do this is outside. Smells gawd awful...yuck!

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