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    Latest plan as follows. I am getting some chicken manure / straw mix for spreading to the beds.
    I decided for a GH instead of a shed as it is a very safe allotment and I wont have much to store in a shed anyway.

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    Hi Selymbria,
    I think someone mentioned before courgettes are very prolific so you might be able to use some of that bed for something else unless you eat loads of them. I mixed mine up with squashes (butternut). Also what potatoes are you growing as if 1st earlies (new potatoes) you could then succession plant your leeks into that bed once you've harvested the spuds, giving you some more space.
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    Thank you for your feedback mcdood, we love courgettes as we mainly cook mediterranian food so most dishes are made with olive oil, leeks, aubergines, artichokes, and courgettes. The type I grow is pure white which I cant get in supermarkets.
    I thought leeks can be planted out early. I didnt try this many varieties before so will look into your suggestion
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    Ok - slightly off topic. I have collected chicken bedding from a friend, which has bedding, poops, and feathers. There are about 12 of them in the 20litre sacks.
    They dont smell chicken poop at all.

    Can I use this as mulch now? Dig them in? Compost it before use?

    What would you have done? I am thinking of using it as mulch and covering all the beds until April.

    I can take a pic of it if that helps

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    Personally I'd compost it first, but using it as a mulch would I'm sure work well too. If you do decide to compost it, you may need to add a bit of water as from the sound of it what you have now will be dry.

    PS if it is dry, try not to breathe in the dust from it as it wion't do your lungs any good.
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    I compost it.
    This may help you https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=297
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    Ok, can I just put it into compost bin as it is? It will fill the bin and I dont have any other green stuff to put.

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    Maybe you could stack the bags somewhere and add it in layers in the compost bin, when you have more green stuff.
    Or spread some on the courgette beds and let it sit there until you're ready to plant.
    Most of the chicken "manure" here composts in their run as I give them green waste and shredded paper to dig around in - as well as the shavings and manure that comes from their coop. They keep turning it for me so I just remove it when it looks good enough to use as compost.
    If its fresher, I add it to the compost bins.
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