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    Default Weeds growing through compost

    HI,

    I have one of those dustbin/dalek like compost bins and have weeds (I assume) growing up inside it because I cannot take compost from the hatch at the bottom without breaking whatever is growing in there. I am going to make proper wooden compost bins and was wondering if it would be worth putting that weed fabric in the bottom or do I need worms to be able to get in.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

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    You occasionally get stuff growing in the bins. It is normaly potates.

    I just pull them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOG View Post
    You occasionally get stuff growing in the bins. It is normaly potates.

    I just pull them out.
    Or bindweed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmac View Post
    HI,

    I have one of those dustbin/dalek like compost bins and have weeds (I assume) growing up inside it because I cannot take compost from the hatch at the bottom without breaking whatever is growing in there.
    Why are you worried about breaking whatever it is?

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    Thank you for your replies.

    Whenever I try to take compost out I have to dig through a solid mass of roots or stems to get to the compost. The entire base of the bin is full of them. Whenever I see videos or pictures of people taking compost from their piles they are always taking black, fluffy gold out and not having to use a spade horizontally to dig their way in to break the growth in their compost.

    I checked to see if the offending vegetation was roots from potatoes but it wasn't. I think it might be Couch grass on a mission to get to the sun.

    Brendan

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    I would suggest lifting the Dalek off the pile and moving it to a new site, preferably free of existing couch grass. The pile of compost can then be attacked with a spade to break up the roots. If it's reasonably well rotted it can be used - if not, then mix it up, remove as many of the roots as you can and pile it back into the Dalek.

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    Thank you,

    I am going to do that because I'm losing good compost that I've carefully tried to keep properly balanced and that is lovely above the root tangle.

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    Hmmm, you don't want to be putting fresh couch grass in the Dalek. Kill it first by drowning in a bucket, or crisping on the path
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