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    mrmauy is offline Seedling
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    Thanks Snoop, now I just need to wait for these blasted storms to go away so I can actually dig!
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    no diggity means no-double-diggity - at least in my book...

    I did dig out the worst weeds - docks etc - but that was it - layers of cardboard and woodchip - waiting for the daleks to get the compost a bit nearer 'ready' and that will go on as well. Old compost and pots emptied too. Last year I had 3 beds done like that - worked well enough that I've put another 3 in for this season
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    1574 gin and tonics please Monica, large ones.

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    Good advice from others how to proceed with your plot - just a reminder to get seeds sown in containers of whatever varieties you fancy over the next month or so at home, in order to have plants to put out in to the newly prepared ground. They'll also come in as swaps or gifts to neighboring plot holders.

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    I 'scalped' half my plot when I got it. I used an azada to take all the weed growth (mostly grass in my case) off. Then I lightly cultivated (top few cm) to discover and remove lurking weed roots, larvae, rubbish and giant lumps of flint. I would have done the other side the same but things there left my control and someone ploughed it mid feb. That said...even that only turned the top 10cm of earth. Mostly in big slabs of turf I literally just turned upside down.
    I'm now laying out my beds using mushroom compost and a bit of cardboard.

    At my last allotment I didn't even remove the grass in some places. Cardboard, some garden waste, and then compost. Worked well. I took that plot on end of April and had beans, radish and squash in a few weeks later.

    I have never and will never double dig an allotment or veg plot.

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    Thanks nickdub, tomatoes are already sprouting and the chillies will be taking a turn in the airing cupboard this weekend to get them on the go. Should I be trying to get anything else started at this point? Most things won't be going outside until mid to late may I think so it may be a little early.
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    Lettuce/salads, peas, broad beans?

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    I've yet to order some peas, better get on that if they need to go in around now. Thanks PepperMonster

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    You can sow them until about June where I live, but if you start now you'll have some ready to put straight out in a couple of weeks : D

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