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    Morning Folks

    Following on from my thread below all being well I'll pay my first "proper" visit to the plot today.

    All I intend to do today is a proper measure up, check the state of the shed and greenhouse, see what's buried beneath, and a general nose around.

    I have a few newbie questions please:-)

    - Should you burn, compost, or dump weeds?

    - My understanding is my bokashi contents can go into the compost bins as a layer?

    - Someone told me where I can apparently get an endless supply of manure, am I right in saying I should let this rot down for a year?

    - Iím curious as to the percentage of crops people sow direct "v" transplants(For now I have sown loads of stuff at home so will transplant as and when I clear space on the plot)?


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    Hi Danny, Good luck with the plot. I drown weeds in a container then after a few months put on the compost heap. I don't do bokashi so can't advise. Yes rot manure down for a year if you can. I sow most crops in modules and then transplant to prevent slugs taking them when just emerging. I sow directly carrots and parsnips(after chitting) and do a bit of both for peas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway View Post
    Morning Folks

    Following on from my thread below all being well I'll pay my first "proper" visit to the plot today.

    All I intend to do today is a proper measure up, check the state of the shed and greenhouse, see what's buried beneath, and a general nose around.

    I have a few newbie questions please:-)

    - Should you burn, compost, or dump weeds?

    - My understanding is my bokashi contents can go into the compost bins as a layer?

    - Someone told me where I can apparently get an endless supply of manure, am I right in saying I should let this rot down for a year?

    - I’m curious as to the percentage of crops people sow direct "v" transplants(For now I have sown loads of stuff at home so will transplant as and when I clear space on the plot)?


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    - Should you burn, compost, or dump weeds?

    Weeds differ - I wouldn't burn or dump anything, but in a lot of cases eg nettles or bindweed you need to dry them out or drown them first, as trying to compost them straight will just lead to lots of weed roots in your compost - personally I put them to one side to dry out completely as I find that easiest

    - My understanding is my bokashi contents can go into the compost bins as a layer?
    no idea

    - Someone told me where I can apparently get an endless supply of manure, am I right in saying I should let this rot down for a year?

    Not really necessary - well rotted manure is the ideal because you can use it anywhere but you can use fresh manure directly too most of the time, if in doubt just ask when you have a situation you are unsure about - a bit of common-sense goes a long way, so sticking fresh manure on top of your lettuces would be a bad move.

    - I’m curious as to the percentage of crops people sow direct "v" transplants(For now I have sown loads of stuff at home so will transplant as and when I clear space on the plot)?

    I transplant most veg after growing it in containers - mainly due to helping prevent losses from slugs etc to young seedlings - if I was planning to sow direct I'd still chit the seed for a few days first, as it cost nothing and helps get things started under controlled conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway View Post
    Morning Folks

    Following on from my thread below all being well I'll pay my first "proper" visit to the plot today.

    All I intend to do today is a proper measure up, check the state of the shed and greenhouse, see what's buried beneath, and a general nose around.
    Take lots of photos as you know how nosey VC and Scarlet are.
    They'll also help you look back and see how far you've come.

    I have a few newbie questions please:-)

    - Should you burn, compost, or dump weeds?
    I either compost them or put them on the bed as a mulch. Bindweed roots are allowed to dry out and die first by laying them out in the sun - alternatively you can put the persistent weed roots (e.g. dock, bindweed) in a bucket of water, cover and let them rot down to give a liquid plant tonic.

    - My understanding is my bokashi contents can go into the compost bins as a layer?
    Yep. Depending on what you've put into the bokashi bin it's probably a good mix or nitrogen and carbon already, but I often add some cardboard or shredded prunings just because it's so wet. As an alternative you can bury it then after a while plant/sow above it. My giant pumpkin last year was sown directly over the buried bokashi and by the time it's roots got down to it the bokashi had started to compost down giving the plant a big boost.

    - Someone told me where I can apparently get an endless supply of manure, am I right in saying I should let this rot down for a year?
    Yes you should. I didn't but you should. Last year I got a large pile in July/August and made sure that it was turned a couple of times so that it got hot to kill off the bad bacteria and seeds. It was then left over winter and went into the squash, potato and corn beds this season.

    - Iím curious as to the percentage of crops people sow direct "v" transplants(For now I have sown loads of stuff at home so will transplant as and when I clear space on the plot)?
    Started most off in modules this year. Last year didn't start any.

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    Update

    Went in and had a quick look, the reason Iím being hesitant is Iím waiting the final ok, should get that today or tomorrow hopefully.

    The greenhouse looks ok but no glass. The shed seems sturdy, one broken window but can fix that. Also has a butt connected which is great Iíll just connect my others to it.

    Had a quick walk over the weeds, couldnít see any RBís just bits of crap here and there.

    Measured it up, circa 240 square metres of weeds 樂

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    Hope you get the OK, the shed and GH look good and the "weeds" may be hiding some fruit bushes/rhubarb.
    ..........and your photos are the right way up when clicked on!!
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    Hi VC

    Yes I tested that, not sure why they are upsidedown on the preview:-)
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    Thanks for the advice mcdood / nickdub / Jay-ell
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