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    cuffbertt is offline Seedling
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    Default Improving Veg Patch for Next Year

    I harvested the last of my vegetables from my raised beds a few weeks ago, and now they're empty. I'm trying to figure out what I need to do to put all the nutrients back in so I get lots of veg next year. I have a few bags of manure (can't remember what brand, I bought it from Wickes when it was on offer a few months back) and some compost that's been rotting down since last year.

    Do I just need to put a load of manure and compost (and top soil?) into the bed and mix it all in with a fork, or is there more to it than that? If that's right, when do I need to do this? Now or in the spring?

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    Many people are going down the cover with wet paper or cardboard and then compost / mulch to hold that down. Idea is that the card will stop the nutrients leaching out and the compost will break down the card ready for next season.
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    I second what 4Shoes says, and would probably add anything that can break down - leaves, shredded paper, then paper/cardboard, and use the compost to weigh it down with. Personally I'd save the manure until the spring, but I can't really explain why.
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    Put the manure where you're not going to grow root veg next year.
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    I Put manure(or dung as it's known round here) on as soon as the beds are empty, I don't quite go with this leaching away idea, farmers have done it for centuries and it's going down to where the roots will find it, you don't want the food on the surface really. Compost depends on what it is where it's going, fairly fresh for beans can go in now, but I tend to put finer compost on when I sow roots seeds in the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burnie View Post
    I Put manure(or dung as it's known round here) on as soon as the beds are empty, I don't quite go with this leaching away idea, farmers have done it for centuries and it's going down to where the roots will find it, you don't want the food on the surface really. Compost depends on what it is where it's going, fairly fresh for beans can go in now, but I tend to put finer compost on when I sow roots seeds in the spring.
    Changes days I'm afraid. I used to spread much over winter, but farmers are limited in what types of muck they can spread over the winter months. The exclusion may be limited to slurry, but the legislation is based around damage to environment caused by run-off and specifically details organic materials "leaching" into the waterways.

    Not sure is it is 1st November or 1st December, but goes through to around March.

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    Muck spreading round here this past week, solids not slurry though.

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    I go with the principle of spreading manure over all beds (except as VC says those I’m going to grow root veg in). My principle being weeds will take out more nutrients if it isn’t covered than I’ll lose in the leaching and everything is tidy, and it’s getting distributed by worms ready for spring.

    I don’t have access to cardboard etc so I use what I’ve got for free, we get big deliveries of manure from the police stables.

    Followed the lead of the old hands on our allotment who always have great crops and don’t use loads of artificial fertiliser so I don’t think leaching can be that big an issue.
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