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    A third solution to the weeds would be to get some of those big plastic bins with secure-able lids or some waterbutts. Stuff the weeds into them, as much as you can, then top up with water. Weight it down so everything is under the water then pop the lid on, seal with duct tape and leave it.

    After several months purchase a gas mask and some bio-hazzard coveralls (the stuff will reek when you take the lid off, but the outfit is to freak out the neighbours) and it should have decomposed into a potent liquid feed (the water but has the advantage in that you can just turn the tap - if it isn't blocked). If there's any recognisable material don't worry - just fill up with weeds and repeat.

    A fourth method could be to bokashi all the weeds - the pickling would kill them then they can be composted. Did this on one of my previous plots using 100l water buts and a wheelie bin for bind weed, creeping buttercup, nettles, couch grass and anything going to seed (including lettuce) and the resulting compost was great. Not sure how mares/horse tail would bokashi though due to it's tough waxy skin - of course if you leave it in an acidic, anaerobic environment long enough it will eventually succumb. I had my bins sitting for a couple of months
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    Thank you for all the advice! Our site doesn't allow fires unfortunately, so I'll see if I can get some bins with lids if that will work. I did look at the hot composters, but I've got an awful lot of them and they're quite expensive.

    Will leave the raspberries for now and wait until they've finished fruiting. As far as telling what sort of variety they are, is it as easy as they must be summer fruiting if there are fruits in July or is there more to it?

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    Hi FlisH and welcome
    My raspberries are all muddled up, summer and autumn For pruning, I cut out all the dead canes and leave the rest. You may have to do it bit by bit, as you spot a dead cane, but there's no real hurry - they're not doing any harm.
    Should have said - you can cut out the dead canes now too, that may make it easier to see what you have.
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    bins will work fine - fill them with water if you want liquid feed - will be more smelly though.

    Lots of different sorts of raspberries, bit like other fruit, different sizes, colours (including yellow), flavors and cropping potential.

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