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What to do with veg bed over the winter?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi eamon.

Rather than covering the beds over for the winter months why not sow green manure

Green manure cover crops reduces the impact of weeds, adds nuttients to the soil and keeps soil alive and active over the winter months.
Dig into soil prior to sowing in spring.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are providing some excellent yet contrasting tips. Cardboard and mulch over, or use green compost. Hmm... I like the idea of the soil being active while being energized, but then there's the issue of the chicken poo compost I've just dug in, which needs time to break down. Will that process happen faster under cardboard, or by using green compost? Questions, questions. I'm more than willing to consider any tips/advice suggested. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having a new carpet fitted in the hall, stairs and landing so have the old carpet to get rid of.

I was thinking of using it to cover the allotment over winter, what's the pro's & cons to doing this?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's probably a good way of protecting the ground from frost (if that's actually needed), and keeping weeds down, but my reason for using cardboard is because it breaks down and ultimately adds to the quality of the resting soil. At least that's my understanding. Wink
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