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    Hello Philcal & welcome to the Jungle. I would personally remove the plastic & leave the gravel in situ to aid drainage especially if it's clay as you mention. My reasoning is: If it's clay, yes it may get boggy but if you leave the plastic down, it will definitely get boggy.
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    Hi Phillip, I have clay soil also, and I'm also pretty new to gardening. I have heard that adding organic matter such as manure to the soil helps, but I think it also depends on when your thinking of planting. I personally. Wouldn't. Leave the black weed control down as it will make it worse for drainage and your limited on soil depth and what you can plant. Good luck.

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    Great feedback..thanks...just one last thing ...the HOT composted....any thoughts it looks amazing and for those who like me are a bit impatient it seems a great way of producing organic matter to add to the soil ...once again many thanks ...Phil

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    Hi and welcome! I have a hotbin at home and 4 daleks at the lottie. I have most of my family and half the street bringing me grass cuttings for the hotbin-it eats them!! I found my first attempt to be too wet on emptying but that was me failing to get the mix right-I now have copious amounts of shredded paper from work to balance it properly. I would love to have the hotbin on the plot as the turnaround time is so quick but the price of it has put me off leaving it out of sight!
    I'd recommend a hotbin but it comes down to money....time.....space..... and of course personal choice. I'm sure somebody else will add more pros/cons but this is my tuppence worth!!

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    Cool Hot bin cometh

    After hours of research I Have ordered a hotbin ...it arrives when I get back from holiday. Tons of shredded paper and cardboard all I have to do now is cut the grass and get it started...I'll let you know the results...once again thanks for the feedback cheers

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    Default Raised beds north to south or east to west

    Just about to start getting my raised beds sorted ..a fairly easy thing to do I thought then I read conflicting reports on east/west against north south ..the plot will be near enough square 20x20 feet ..any thoughts on which way is best ..thanks in anticipation Phil

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    Sorry a bit late saying hello. Think normally it's said best growing things north/south facing. Do you have any trees near by that could affect your sun light?
    I would rip up the plastic. The guy who had my plot before me must of kept the plastic weed suppressor business going with the amount he chuffin put down. Still pulling the darn stuff up.

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