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    Bit clueless here. Basically cleared the overgrown plot last year and piled all the weeds at the end of the plot. They mainly consisted of brambles and thistles although there was probably other stuff as well.

    So it's rotting away nicely therefore can I use it to bulk out raised beds or am I risking a weed fest??

    I can get pictures if that helps?
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    I would put on the bottom of the raised bed and then cover it with other soil. Make sure that there are no perennial weed roots in it first.
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    Be careful with the brambles, them bloody things through out roots if there is the slightest bit of life in them.

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    Thanks for your feedback folks
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    Weeds vary a lot, particularly their roots, so if you do more composting you'll probably learn more through trial and error. Some weed roots will regrow in an average compost heap - for example bindweed (long white vaguely pasta looking roots) - so most people will exclude weeds like this and either put them in a water barrel to breakdown or dry them first for say a week in the sun before composting - other common material for similar treatment are nettle roots and dandelion roots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    Weeds vary a lot, particularly their roots, so if you do more composting you'll probably learn more through trial and error. Some weed roots will regrow in an average compost heap - for example bindweed (long white vaguely pasta looking roots) - so most people will exclude weeds like this and either put them in a water barrel to breakdown or dry them first for say a week in the sun before composting - other common material for similar treatment are nettle roots and dandelion roots.


    Add Marestail roots to that list. Dry it or drown it before composting.
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