Turn old into new: Use the garden sieve correctly: This is how you recycle soil, sand and compost

Depending on the manufacturer, fresh potting soil contains different components, such as compost and peat or fertilizer.

Turn old into new: Use the garden sieve correctly: This is how you recycle soil, sand and compost

Depending on the manufacturer, fresh potting soil contains different components, such as compost and peat or fertilizer. This is intended to provide plants with optimal care during cultivation. However, the nutrient content of the soil decreases with each season, so it can only be reused to a limited extent - and must first be treated with fresh soil or natural fertilizers. A garden sieve can be helpful to loosen up the solid components and remove coarse particles such as roots, weeds and stones. What this is and what you should pay attention to before purchasing it, read the following.

As the name suggests, a garden sieve is suitable for distributing seeds and sieving out soil - or even sand and compost. In contrast to a normal kitchen sieve, the meshes (ideally made of stainless steel) are significantly larger and can be varied using special sieve inserts: This has the advantage that you can filter fine and coarse particles from the soil, such as small stones or root residues. Depending on the manufacturer, there are garden sieves of different sizes, and the shape and mesh size can also vary. Below we will introduce you to the common models in more detail.

A garden sieve is usually round or rectangular and made of plastic or metal. So that it can be operated by hand, the sizes vary only slightly - unless you choose a so-called pass-through sieve. These are the most common models:

1. Das Rundsieb

Whether made of plastic or stainless steel, the shape is always the same: a round sieve is small and handy, so it can be easily operated by hand. There are models with different sized, interchangeable sieve inserts - but some garden sieves only come in one mesh size. For this reason, you should consider in advance whether you want to filter soil, sand or compost.

2. The box sieve

As the name suggests, a box strainer is rectangular and works the same way as a round model. However, this garden sieve usually has larger meshes so that it can better filter coarse particles such as stones, clods of earth and twigs. Here too, there are models made of plastic or wood - with and without a sliding function for adjusting the mesh size.

3. The sieve

If you have a large garden and want to sift out larger amounts of soil (or compost), a sieve with a coarse or narrow-mesh grid is a better choice. It is significantly larger than a normal garden sieve and is not held with your hands, but stands independently. Then use a shovel to throw the desired amounts through the sieve.

4. The compost sieve

A self-contained mechanical compost sieve, which is operated with a rotating spindle, is significantly larger and more expensive to purchase than the round or square garden sieve. As the name suggests, the model is primarily used to remove foreign substances from compost soil as much as possible - so that it can then be used again.

Now that you have gotten to know different garden sieves, you should think about the following points before purchasing:

The materialAs mentioned at the beginning, most garden sieves are made of plastic or stainless steel. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages: Plastic is lighter and more elastic, but can also break more quickly. Metal, on the other hand, is heavier, but also more robust and durable.

The shape Depending on the application, a round or rectangular garden sieve is suitable: While round sieves are better suited for distributing fresh seeds evenly, box sieves score points when shaking the soil.

The meshesThere are large and small meshes that are suitable for different gardening tasks. For this reason, most sieves have different base inserts that can be exchanged. If this is not the case, you should consider in advance which mesh size is the better choice: fine meshes are suitable for dry soil, medium-sized meshes for coarse and wet soil - large meshes are better suited for large quantities.

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