Grow Your Own Magazine

View our latest subscriptions offers here!


+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 15
  1. #1
    Eco-Chic's Avatar
    Eco-Chic is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Tottenham, London
    Posts
    1,380

    Default Is it safe to compost Bramble?

    I'm clearing an enormous neglected garden of masses of bramble. Can I safely use the green stuff I've hacked back to start a compost heap?

    The roots I've managed to dig out will be put out for the council's green waste collection.

  2. #2
    greendean's Avatar
    greendean is offline Rooter
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    accrington, lancashire
    Posts
    342

    Default

    brambles are too woody for compost. better to shred and use as mulch or burn them
    above the clouds the sun is shining and the sky is blue. if you look hard enough you can just about see it!

  3. #3
    SarzWix is offline Gardening Gnomette
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Near Skipton
    Posts
    11,856
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    No, they may well root and start growing, plus as Greendean says, they are very woody. Best to stack them to dry out, and then have a lovely bonfire. You can burn the roots of other weeds at the same time, like bindweed, dock, horsetail, dandelion etc., and the ash is good to spread round fruit bushes, or put in the compost.

  4. #4
    rana's Avatar
    rana is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    929

    Default

    The greener bits of brambles will compost fine if buried under the heap for 9 months or so. I've done it myself and the brambles will completely disappear in a decent heap.

  5. #5
    gojiberry is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    South Wales
    Posts
    2,241

    Default

    To much risk of bits rooting and they do take a while to rot down.

    Ian

  6. #6
    smallblueplanet's Avatar
    smallblueplanet is offline Mature Fruiter
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Vale of Pewsey
    Posts
    7,139

    Default

    Poor ol' bramble!

    Oh you meant brambles!
    Manda.

    To see a world in a grain of sand
    And a heaven in a wild flower

  7. #7
    Gryfon's Avatar
    Gryfon is offline Rooter
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Guernsey
    Posts
    411

    Default

    Kill...kill...kill! I hate brambles as I'm struggling to get rid of them. So personally wouldn't trust them in my compost bin!

    BTW my avatar is a butterfly on a bramble flower in my greenhouse last summer, looks lovely but gets everywhere!
    Last edited by Gryfon; 01-03-2009 at 12:33 PM.
    Rachel

    Trying to tame the mad thing called a garden and getting there I think!


    My Garden Mayhem...inspirational blog for me I hope! - updated 16/04/09

  8. #8
    selfraising's Avatar
    selfraising is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Farnham, Surrey
    Posts
    2,429

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gryfon View Post
    Kill...kill...kill! I hate brambles as I'm struggling to get rid of them. So personally wouldn't trust them in my compost bin!

    BTW my avatar is a butterfly on a bramble flower in my greenhouse last summer, looks lovely but gets everywhere!

    I agree! Was sick and tired last year of next doors 'wild garden' bramble creeping through, under and over my fence

Similar Threads

  1. Best way to get Bramble roots out?
    By CarolineW in forum Allotment Advice
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 20-02-2012, 01:04 PM
  2. bramble roots
    By gan heather in forum Allotment Advice
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 20-11-2009, 07:41 PM
  3. Is it safe to re-use seedling compost
    By pol in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-03-2009, 04:53 PM
  4. bramble jelly
    By screwbylil in forum Making the Mostů
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-09-2008, 11:29 AM
  5. bramble roots
    By happyplanter in forum Allotment Advice
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-11-2007, 09:20 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts