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    Meant to say also, start by using whatever you can that's free or cheap
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    I haven't done the no dig system yet. However, I think that when you start you will probably "heave it on" but once you have the ground working it will only be a matter of adding to top it up. Or am I totally wrong?
    As I have said I am contemplating it and have been thinking of starting with about a third of the allotment (glutton for punishment). When I took on the allotment it was new and I only had time to use my azad/mattock to clear and break up the top 4 inches. The ground is "friable" and has had manure worked into some of it. At present I have green manures growing on the vacant parts and a pile of reasonably rotted horse manure to spread in the spring. But like others have said there is only so much time available to get the "stuff" to spread and only so much space to "store" it, so I am a bit wary.
    I might follow Jay-ell's suggestion of a bigger heap. As I have said elsewhere I can get hold of horse poo but it does take time.

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    You can also look a lasagne gardening if you don't have enough finished compost to make the whole bed.

    Of course lasagne gardening is different to spaghetti growing
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    I’ve got more shrub growth than beds,I prune everything & put the prunings over the beds,save the sticks for covering crops from cats,as well as the beans/corn etc I chop & drop it where it’s grown. I do need to dig one of my beds in the springtime,shrub (stagshorn sumac) roots all in the bed.
    My wooden edged bed started off with a very low soil level,gradually increased the height every year with leaf fall mulch & used compost where any tomato plant has had blight that goes in the bed,I’m not growing tomatoes in there. It might be good to add some thick branches at the bottom of the bed covered with green waste like hugelkultur,if we have a summer drought again the branches will absorb a lot of water to help anything planted in there.
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    That's one for the future. Putting in more hedges this year to make wind brakes.


    Also finding that I have better soil not already in cultivation, so may grow more green manure and include it in rotation. Just so much to think about. Good think is right time of year to have these thoughts.


    Like Mr bones, I have lots of ground, so lots of options.
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    I didnt think there was a lot of value in horse manure as it has a very low nitrogen content

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    You hear so much about horse manure - some say it doesn't have enough nitrogen, others that you can't use it fresh as it's too hot, others say it's a perfect carbon to nitrogen ratio for composting, some say you need to add browns to compost it - you wonder who to believe.

    In prior hears I used stable sweepings and it worked great for the spuds in buckets and for the giant pumpkins. This year I've got pure paddock pickings and it's breaking down in the bin - got really hot the first few weeks with turning so must have enough nitrogen in it for that to happen.
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    I use some home made compost, comfrey leaves from the plot, lots of cardboard from work and supermarket, woodchip delivered to site, leaves (tree lined road 500 yds from plot, plus large wheelbarrow), donkey manure free from friend of workmate who bought a house which came with 2 donkeys, mixed/mostly cow manure from a local farmer (£15 for a tip up load- much easier than barrowing it from 5 miles away), prunings from communal areas which the council no longer maintain around the site, and coffee grounds from local coffee shop.
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