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    nickdub is online now Early Fruiter
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllotmentMummy View Post
    Thanks Nick, hadn't thought of that and useful to know about planting at the same soil level!
    You're very welcome - I didn't attempt to pick up your other questions, as there are others on here who know more about no-dig methods etc than I do.

    I'd just add that making friends with others gardeners near you is worthwhile both for knowledge and mutual support, but also because most of us who grow plants from seeds in the Spring usually end up with loads of "spares " and are happy to pass them on to people such as yourself rather than chucking them out :-)
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    Hi AllotmentMumy Me too I have small kids .
    I plant to grow pumpkins on the other side of my plot.It was full of weeds I did some digging but I am sure by May it will grow back.

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    So many questions, yet you answerd most of them your self. I have tried and failed at the no dig theory. In the end I compromised and covered as much as I could in cheap black plastic. Then in the spring rolled it back ( very mucky job) then dug up what weeds where left. Also I covered loads in cardboard but needed a ton of bricks to weigh it down

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    Hello AllotmentMumy, As Atta wrote, Pumpkins can cover a large area with big leaves something for Halloween next year? Also Courgettes have big leaves. 400sq.m. is a large area to get under control particularly organically (as you can tell from the state it is in now). A lot depends on what equipment you can use. I have several apple, pear, plum and damson trees planted in grass (very likely includes couch) and I mow it a few times a year about 4 this year with it being very dry and get what I consider to be good crops of fruit. Would be better may be if trees had no competition but they do OK - I bottled 30litres of apple juice this year and grass is good for children to play on.
    I would leave asparagus this year, unless it is a must have crop as ideally it needs a completely perennial weed free bed. I might consider buying some seeds and growing in pots may be planting into a temporary bed when they are big enough and moving to their final position next winter/ early spring 2020 if you can clear a bed by then.

    You could plant raspberries through weed suppressant. Some couch grass would likely come up through the holes but would be quite easy to keep on top of. You would need to check for new canes trying to grow under the fabric and give them a hand getting out.

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    I tried to cover what I can as well. Phaccelia is good grpund cover and looks beautifull with flowers attracting bees.
    What do you mean by going organic.For me its like I wouldnt use pesticides or herbicides (comfrey or nettle tea only) but for next season I am getting standard NPK fertilizer. Its very dissapointing when the veggies grow small.
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    I also grew pumpkins to try and cover a large area. In one respect it was brilliant as I got the entire family involved ( nieces nephews etc) and turned it into a compation. Which them gave them the allotment bug. But it didn’t have the results I was after In regards to covering a large area as weeds still grew around them and was a nightmare to weed

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    Thank you everyone for your really helpful replies and suggestions (and sorry for a slow reply - been down the plot and then down with a nasty bug). Sounds like there is some flex in the system. I have finished the main bulb cut flower patch and created two little plots for my children. I've planted a third of the onions through weed control fabric, a third in pots for spring planting and an saving a third to see if they survive being stored (probably not). Will do some mulching of beds next and then perhaps the raspberries. Hopefully we will have mild weather for a while yet

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    Another vote for covering. I use membrane (and/or old compost bags) weighted down with woodchip. it's nnot perfect, but at least nothing will be thriving under the plastic (although I have found some pretty amazing marestail growths underneath), and you can then peel back at your "leisure"

    p.s. small children and planting - good luck. .. (speaking as a dad of a nearly-four-year-old)

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