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    nrmartin8798 is online now Germinator
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    Hello all, I'm a newbie having taken over my plot mid last year

    I have so far managed to dig and de-root (mostly!) one half. The other half is at the moment more or less undiggable such are the roots - it had loads of bushes on that were very overgrown.

    I was planning to dig this weed-ridden half over without de-rooting it, and separate it into beds which I would then cover with cardboard and a 2 - 3 inch layer of compost.

    Lots of places seem to recommend leaving it for a year for it all to break down, but could I start planting in it this year?

    If so, any recommendations of plants that would do well would also be appreciated!

    My plan was then to plant this year, and at the end of this season cover it with some well rotted manure and hopefully dig it properly or go again with a no-dig next year too

    Any thoughts on planting this year?

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    Cover with cardboard and plant lots of squash /Courgettes? Just dig a pocket for each plant. Stick an upturned milk bottle and a stick in at the same time so you know where to water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Cover with cardboard and plant lots of squash /Courgettes? Just dig a pocket for each plant. Stick an upturned milk bottle and a stick in at the same time so you know where to water.
    Thanks - so you would put the compost down first, directly onto the ground, then the cardboard (and weigh it down) and then plant through the cardboard?

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    Cardboard then compost. I use a bulb planter to make the holes for planting.

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    My dad used to deal with any new plot, such as you mention, by planting spuds. They do a good job of breaking down and then opening up the soil ... *and* you get spuds
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    now look, (remember when Tony Blair started to talk about something and started like that?) We are only mid February and there is easily 6 weeks yet before you need to start thinking about planting so here's the deal.

    Divide the remaining half into 6 equal(lish) sized beds and then tackle one per week. Use a pinch bar or a pick axe to extract any stumps/roots and dig or fork over as you go and then cover with cardboard/compost. It is hard work but doing it over 6 weeks falls into the little and often category which should be easily achievable. Go on, you know you want to
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    I would definitely take the no dig route, after digging up the stumps, if you have any above ground.

    Cardboard can be had in copious amounts in farm shops and supermarkets. Top it off with compost, either from rotted horse/cow manure or your council's 'soil improvers'.

    We'd love to see pictures too, from the start You only need to post a few more times and you'll be able to upload pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrmartin8798 View Post
    Lots of places seem to recommend leaving it for a year for it all to break down, but could I start planting in it this year?
    It does seem a shame to leave your beds for a whole year I don't think that would go down well with the allotment committee from what I've read here on the vine about having a productive plot.
    Best follow the advice here instead.

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