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Thread: 'Trenching' rather than composting

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    Snadger is online now Dundiggin
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    A fellow on our site took on a weed encrusted plot. By weeds, I mean stuff that was a metre high!
    He dug a deep hole in the corner of each bed and burried the weeds from that bed in that hole. Everyone thought he was a nutter but it seemed to work.

    Shame he's never been seen again, and the weeds on the plot are a metre high again!

    I just dibbled tatties in to my new plot in the spring and the tattie foliage blanked out the weeds!

    As you were..............................
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    burnie is online now Veggie gardener
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    I tend to this method when planting directly in the ground as my soil is very thin and sandy(only a mile from the sea). Raised beds are a different matter as I can control the soil more easily for the intended crop. Compost for the roots bed and manure for everything else.

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    I've been burrying everything for the last 3 years .my plot is about a foot higher than everyone else's and probably has the least amount of weeds as well
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    ESBkevin is offline Cropper
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    I compost, use animal muck (rotted) and when I double dig I stir compost in the bottom with a fork and then drop cardboard and fresher material in the furrow with muck and anything organic to to bury too. I do small stubborn patches each year but once it's been done and then mulched over for a season it is beautiful crumbly soil (from clay).
    I like to smash sunflower stems and things like cabbage stems in the furrow, they breakdown over winter and feed the plants next summer. Just break them open so the worms and microbes can get in there. Autumn leaves too will go straigh tin as well as part rotted wood chips or sawdust.

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    Elfeda is offline Tuber
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    was doing this initially like dig a hole and fill it with kitchen waste and then cover it with soil. done couple of times ,that's was effective though. seems fill as you dig could be better way to continue.

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    I do this for the bean trench, and usually for the brassicas where moisture and nutrition is key
    Are y'oroight booy?

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    Default Making Compost.

    Rotting down organic matter in a trench is a good way of making Organic Matter, the trench system is usually done for a particular crop to be grown directly on top, for example Runner Beans, or any other moisture loving crop.

    I compost in bins because I grow at home, so no room for a trench also composting in bins means I have the rotted material ready for wherever I need it.

    I guess the most important thing is to compost in any form that suites the composter.

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