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What to do with my weeds


 
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Michael196
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:19 pm    Post subject: What to do with my weeds Reply with quote

Hi

I have just finished off weeeding a veg plot and I have generated a nice few barrow loads of weeds, complete with roots. the soil is shaken off as much as possible.

I have also emptied the composter, I am thinking of putting the weeds at the bottom of the composter, where over the next 12 months, the composter will be fed with grass and paper.

Is this a good route of eliminating my weeeds? or is there a risk of proliferating the weeds by doing this?

what do u suggest to get rid of weeds ?

Michael
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Michael

Technically speaking you can compost weeds, ideally the weeds should not have gone to seed,be dried out and the high temperature of your compost bin should do the rest. However I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to making work for myself, No one wants to spread weed seeds. My advice to you is to compost them seperately and I would even go so far as to say, use a seed tray to test some compost when it's ready to make sure no weeds pop up, they're resilient little divils Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have put all my weeds into my compost bin for the past 35 years and I will keep doing so........
You are far better off concentrating on not letting any existing weeds flower and thus go to seed and not be too paranoid about whether the compost heap will effectively kill them.
Seeds are brought in by the wind, by birds, by your own feet....you'll never be totally rid of them, but you'll eventually reach some sort of mutual tolerance!
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