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    Mucky Lizz!! is offline Seedling
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    Default Stones- to riddle or not to riddle thats the ??

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    Just moved into a new house, thankfully there was a veg patch already dug. I have started digging it over, but due to the previous owners building a greenhouse and putting in paths they have put the rubble and stones in the veg patch.
    Now is it best to get rid of as many as possible (top foot or so) or should I leave it as it is and just do the parts that I will be growing tatties and carrots etc in.

    I hope someone out there can help, if I have to do the lot it will be a big job!!!

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    Mucky Lizz. Welcome to the vine.
    Builders’ rubble is never going to help your vegetables grow if you wish to grow things like carrots. When carrots hit a stone they tend to fork and form unusual shapes that entertain the child in us all but never seem to gladden the hearts of cooks who have to peel them.
    I riddled all the soil in my vegetable beds as I only intend to ever have to do it the once. The beds are now set up and as long as no one stands on them they will stay that way.
    A riddle will let small stones pass through. These small stones are needed in the beds to form drainage and allow air to get to the plants roots.
    Everyone here on the vine seems to be of the same mind.... Do a little at a time.
    If you only use a quarter of your growing area the first year, what is the harm in that? Just keep the weeds at bay and riddle the same amount next year. That year you will be using half of your growing area.
    Growing vegetables is supposed to be a pleasure that helps relieve tensions not cause it.
    Take it slowly and soon you will have got rid of all the builders rubble and have a fantastic foundation upon which to build your growing success.
    Good luck
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    well said!

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    Spot on Jax, I don't think there is anything to add

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    Hi Mucky Lizz!! As Jaxom said you need to riddle all the stones out of the ground. It never seizes to amaze me that although we have removed all the stones from our allotments every time we go there are more stones and pieces of pottery on top of the ground. Just where do they come from??
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    We find endless pieces of glass!! wish they were pieces of prehistoric finds!!! ( Lindow Pete ,the bog man, was found a couple of hundred yards from our plot!!)

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    Nicos where does it all come from?
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    Mucky Lizz!! is offline Seedling
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    Hey thanks for the advice!! Any volunteers to help??? Looking at where you live, I don't think Ive got a chance in hell!!!
    Well heres to a long and tedious spring- wouldn't mind if I could get a suntan at the same time!!! Maybe I'll do the 2nd half during the summer that way I get the best of both worlds!!
    I'll have to keep the dog from running, and the chickens from scratching on the stoney path, then hopefully the plot won't fill up again!!!

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