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Can I use sod strips in raised veg beds?


 
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Eamon
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Can I use sod strips in raised veg beds? Reply with quote

I have two raised beds which I intend resting over the winter. I have a different compost in each one. Today, I lifted a section of my lawn to develop flower beds, and I'm wondering would it work to place the sod strips grass down on top of my raised veg beds? I'm thinking that the grass would die off over the winter, and the good topsoil would then benefit my veg beds in the spring. I'd also cover the turf with cardboard. Would it work, or should I just bin the sods?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't. You'll just get weeds. Either bury it at least a 18" down, turf side down, which would be most practical, and just as useful for your ornamental beds, or make a turf stack. Grass side to grass side, top layer should show soil. Then cover completely with plastic, and leave to rot for a year. Doing this in thick black plastic bags works fairly well. You should be able to incorporate it anywhere next year. Don't just bin it! It's great stuff - if you don't want to use it, give it away.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, thanks for that. It's already stacked, as suggested, so I'll get a few black plastic bags and cover it up until spring '14. Cheers! Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you are covering it with black bags i would say you could use it next summer it should be well rotted by then
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forest flame wrote:
if you are covering it with black bags i would say you could use it next summer it should be well rotted by then


Cheers. Good to know. Wink
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