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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddevantnhisspiritwife View Post
    Would peelings etc not be attractive to Mr Rat?
    I don't think they like greens, no. They love poultry food, and "mostly prefer grain, livestock feed, and meat"

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    Thank you two_sheds. I can show that to the boss and hopefully I will be permitted to lasagna unimpeded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Gold View Post
    As long as the manure is well rotted, you can plant straight into it. No-dig would be the least back breaking option if you have easy access to manure, compost and cardboard for raised beds. If your plot is very weedy then it is worth going slow and covering, as recommended by Dowding, for 6-12 months (12 months is for killing off / weakening particularly pernicious weeds). I have lots of couch grass at my allotment so I have some beds I am planting straight away and some that I am going to cover for longer. Perhaps you could do a mix.
    Thanks Carbon,
    Very interesting. Do you use the well rotted manure directly on top of the grass, or is it advisable to put cardboard in between?
    Also how thick should the rotted manure be to plant in?
    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdel View Post
    Do you use the well rotted manure directly on top of the grass, or is it advisable to put cardboard in between?
    Also how thick should the rotted manure be to plant in?
    Put wet cardboard on top of the grass, then use WRM or soil, or garden compost, or molehill soil, as much as you've got, to hold it down
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    Thank you very much again, two sheds!

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