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jordung
Woonsocket, RI
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2005
11:18 AM

Post #1367778

I had found on one of the forums, how to sterilize soil in the microwave but I can't find it.
I'll post this question in a few places. I'm starting some annuals and veggies in the new greenhouse my hubby built for me. I,m sure with all I,m planting, I'll need more soil than I already have. I have some jiffy mix, but I,m going to run out before I,m done.Does anyone know how to sterilize soil in the microwave?
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2005
2:31 PM

Post #1370613

This is probably not the best forum for this type of question.

I'd recommend only posting your question in one forum rather than posting it in several places. Most folks don't want to see the same question in a variety of forums. If you pick one forum and that's not the best place, folks will usually point you in another direction - OR - you'll get your answer (regardless of which one forum you post it in).

Here's a link to the Colorado State Cooperative Extension's instructions for sterilizing soil...
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Soil/sterile.htm

Good luck.
jordung
Woonsocket, RI
(Zone 6b)

March 29, 2005
3:35 PM

Post #1370708

Thanks for the information.

lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2005
4:19 PM

Post #1370801

I was just reading in that forum...actually had microwaved some soil myself. Hope this is what you were looking for.

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/484537/
Dravencat
Edgewater, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2005
4:21 PM

Post #1370812

Just dont do it without wetting it down first really good. The smoke after the fire goes out is really stinky and takes a long time to get the smell out of your microwave. Yes laugh all you want, I speak from personal experience with peat pots. LOL
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2005
4:23 PM

Post #1370817

lmao Dravencat! I was lucky...nuked the soil BEFORE I read the warnings...I didn't nuke that much...just enough for a couple of small containers...maybe 2 liquid quart sized bowls.
Dravencat
Edgewater, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2005
4:26 PM

Post #1370825

LOL, DH was hoping I had ruinded the nuke machine, he hates the turntable because it always pops off the little ring and wont turn.
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2005
4:39 PM

Post #1370861

OT (LOL mine does the exact same thing!! Chalk that up to another household expense...sheesh...never ending LOL but a must have...especially with teenagers!)

Thanks Smiln32! I bookmarked that site. I'm very new to sterilizing soil...never even thought about it before I came to DG. Glad to have all this helpful info for a newbie like me. Thanks!

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