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    Friend of mine on the plot - who is 'probably' the best / most knowledgeable grower on the site doesn't really bother with compost bins - instead at this time of year he digs trenches and buries any and all green waste a couple of feet down. The odd thing gets ridged up too - seems to work very well for him.
    Anyone else do / done this ?
    (I've got too many compost bins to easily be persuaded but I'm not the grower he is so...)

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    Bit too much like hard work for me!
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    Did it once on a bed that needed loads of humus. Worked well but hard work. Now I only trench for squashes and sometimes beans. On the whole I chop and drop, Ruth Stout style. Lots less work and the worms do it for me!
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    My Dad used to do a mix of double digging and trenching (so the trench moved behind the last but not until it was full). This time of year it also had bird carcasses thrown in as well (mainly pheasants). Really couldn't fault the produce. I don't recall him using nets or fleece back then.
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    As far as I know waste dropped into a trench exposes it to fungal threads in the soil which will then connect to plant roots (when they're planted) and increase available food supply.
    I don't do it that way but it forms part of the "soil food web".

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    Only ever done it for the runner beans, green manure and chop and drop

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    Never done it - compost is used in pots & the beds get manure & spent compost. You could do a very detailed side by side comparison for us - logging contents of trench/compost, man hours put in/ water used & yield. Lot of work for you but interesting for us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Only ever done it for the runner beans, green manure and chop and drop
    Like Cad I've only ever done trenching for my permanent bean row.

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