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    PepperMonster is online now Seedling
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    OK I went for alfalfa and the random squash idea. As both are edible and I happen to have both an old pack of alfalfa sprouts and a squash for dinner later this week : D
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    Broad beans/ field beans/ old peas

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    The wild white comfrey roams freely in my garden and I don't mind at all!

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    The flowers are pretty and the bees like them. Its also quite easy to pull up.
    Yesterday, I pulled about 6 plants that were in the wrong place and used the leaves to line a pea trench, Threw the peas on top and covered the lot over. The roots were chucked in green waste.
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    i've got a pack of field beans that iv'e failed to sow in november ,ill stick em in when it dries out and they can be cut down and will regrow and covers 25 square mtrs , I grew a patch of french climbing beans that I had spare last year and dug them in has green manure . atb Dal.
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    I do no-dig (currently low dig) gardening so I won't really be digging anything in. Hence my desire for things that create a lot of matter to go in the compost as well as providing cover.

    I like comfrey as a plant but I'm unfortunately quite allergic so having it popping up all over the place and constantly managing it doesn't appeal : (

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    I've had alfalfa edging the beds, for 7+ years

    It's not impossible to dig out, but you can't pull it like phacelia
    I cut my alfalfa hedges and strew the bits on the beds as mulch
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    Quote Originally Posted by PepperMonster View Post
    I do no-dig (currently low dig) gardening so I won't really be digging anything in. Hence my desire for things that create a lot of matter to go in the compost as well as providing cover.

    I like comfrey as a plant but I'm unfortunately quite allergic so having it popping up all over the place and constantly managing it doesn't appeal : (
    I have several plants of Bocking 14 comfrey, and for the 20 odd years I've grown it its never popped up anywhere I didn't deliberately plant it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    I have several plants of Bocking 14 comfrey, and for the 20 odd years I've grown it its never popped up anywhere I didn't deliberately plant it.
    You're right, it won't produce seed, but if people are diggers, they can accidentally make root cuttings by slicing thru the Bocking
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