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    Hi

    I have just taken over a full size allotment plot which is covered in grass and weeds. I know the plots has been covered in weed killer to kill the weeds and I was wondeing how long I would have to leave the plot before planting after the weeds have died and the plot has been digged.

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    Just depends on what it has been sprayed with, something like roundup is neutralised as soon as it hits the soil it only kills green stuff, when did the plot get the treatment as it is only useful to spray weeds when they are growing if it has been done this time of year it is a complete waste of time.

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    Hi Paul

    It was done at the weekend.
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    Hi PT I took over my lottie in October 05 & made the mistake of letting council rotovate it.
    Twitch ect cut up but not killed off.
    I found best way getting rid of persistnt weeds is to hand dig the whole plot.
    My plot 330Sq yards+
    Hard work but worth it & no risk of residue weedkiller
    The river Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years.
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    I agree bubblewrap. I took on a plot of private land in April 06 and was determined not to spray. We have hand dug and removed all brambles, bindweed etc. Im sure there will be more this spring but will hand dig again.

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    With a translocated spray about four weeks. I have a licence to use the potent stuff and the weeds are dead within an hour I then remove the perrenials and dig in the annuals the next day.
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    I'm not at all happy about using chemical sprays for weedkilling or pest control. I know some are licensed, etc and if you use them according to instructions there is supposed to be no risk, but I still want to know what goes onto the food I'm eating. After all if it can kill weeds or pests what will it do to me, my children and grandchildren.

    Also, on the practical side, I've seen plots sprayed with weedkiller - it kills the top growth OK, but if you don't dig the perennial weed roots out they seem to survive and grow even stronger.

    I much prefer digging. OK it's b****y hard work, but it is effective. I took over a plot which was totally overgrown with brambles and docks - chopping down was hard work, and the roots were unbelievable. However, after only 18 months the plot is looking good. There has been some re-growth, but not much, and it is easy to locate the root and remove it. Main problem at the moment is seedling docks, but if you can hand weed when small they are easy to remove. Hopefully the problem will lessen with time and constant cultivation.

    One another note, I have horseradish, I've never seen anything like it. I think it's even worse than docks - I'm beginning to think it should be classified as a weed.
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    dig by hand. remove by hand. and enjoy the end result. remember no pain no gain

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