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« on: January 24, 2006, 13:29 »
Firstly - apologies for my ignorance...
Over the years, my predecessor had piled up all the old grass etc he's skimmed off the top of the ( then ) full sized plot
The result is, just under a 1/4 of my plot banks up to about 3 feet high.
I have dug over 3 beds so far, and wondered if I could "re-level" the plot, using the nice stuff which has rotted down in my "mound"
I was planning to level it down, and just spread it around the uneven bits.
Is that OK to do, without digging it ?
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006, 18:30 »
First - no need to apologise! Asking is how we gain knowledge.

Sounds like a good plan to me!

Despite 'no digging' being fashionable again :) my feeling is that it does a lot of good digging over but then again, my heavy clay needs it.

Do check that you haven't got a mass of couch grass roots in the pile - these look like white thin spaghettii. You don't want to be spreading a problem,
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006, 08:49 »
If you have time or can be bothered with the work it would be a good idea to get a large holed riddle and riddle the soil spade by spade into a barrow. It will make life easier in the long term as you will get rid of large stones unwanted roots etc. I did this with 2 raised beds I made last year and I have not needed to do anything else to them simce.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2006, 13:14 »
Again..thanks for you feedback. I will be up there tomorrow after work ( luchtime finish on a Friday - hooray !! ) and seeing if I can borrow a barrow to start moving my mound. I don't think I have couch grass, as I haven't found any roots like you described John, but I have come across white roots which are coiled like a spring...most odd - any ideas ? I've quarantined these for disposal, as I don't think they're going to be friendly !!

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2006, 13:26 »
Roots - drown 'em!
I'm quite serious - for things like dock and dandelion seem to be like Arnie the Terminator - they come back from the dead. So I stick them in a barrel of water or even the comfrey barrel. After a month they don't come back again.
That way you get the benefit of the nutrients they have 'stolen' without the problems.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006, 20:02 »
John - as ever, thanks for your advice..the curly spring like roots are now out of quarantine, and in a bucket of water.
Here is today's starter for 10:
I've unearthed a HUGE pile of nettle roots...can I compost them ?
The only other organic waste is the dead nettles that grew out of them.
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006, 20:09 »
Hi, nettle roots aren't usually too bad but I'd prefer some really dry weather to make sure they're dead. I often leave things like that on the path for a week or so before composting.

Sounds like you're winning at least.

 

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