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Old 02-16-2009, 02:19 PM   #11
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Default Smelly vs. toasty-fresh dirt

Maybe different dirts smell different? Our clay loam soil gets insanely hard when oven sterilized but doesn't smell too bad. On the other hand, potting soil smells odd and those little round white balls (vermiculite? fertilizer pellets?) get hard and no longer hold moisture. Starting mix seems to be about the same after "cooking" and smell ok if it's dry when put in the oven.

My daughter's Minnesota dirt, which also drains fast and is quite dry on the surface between rains, smells better than our older, unglaciated dirts.

So, depends on the dirt, hey?

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Old 02-16-2009, 09:05 PM   #12
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you'll just have to picture me in Scarlett O'Hara form shaking a fist of aromatic dirt at you all.
hahaha That's quite a Visual! And I bet a bear cub is peeking out from under your petticoat!
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hahaha That's quite a Visual! And I bet a bear cub is peeking out from under your petticoat!
Bigblueyes,
That visual is actually quite accurate. The bear cubs often run behind my legs when frightened. Just swap out the petticoat for a pair of sweatpants.

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