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Rampant_Weasel

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compacted soil
« on: September 19, 2013, 14:15 »
my first year of tunnel growing and where i have had some potato pots the soil underneath is all compacted.
so much so the spade nearly bounces off!.
anyone had this problem and know a solution? i know in the open the frost and rain would do it but what do u do in a tunnel ?

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Re: compacted soil
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 14:21 »
Give it a good soak first.
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Re: compacted soil
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 18:10 »
thx, just tried that and it all ran into the cracks!

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Re: compacted soil
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 21:58 »
Give it a good soak first.

I agree  :)

I have a few sections on my plot that are/were really badly compacted - after a few days of really heavy rain they were much easier to dig  ;)


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Re: compacted soil
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013, 14:12 »
More water then cover it up with non porous membrane to stop the soil drying. 

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Re: compacted soil
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2013, 11:44 »
I agree to covering after wetting, makes a big difference.
I use a thick layer of compost aswell, and then a cover.The longer you leave it the better.
Water the compost and it acts a bit like a sponge, drip feeding moisture to the soil underneath.
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