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    This is what I have done in my third year, I wish I had done it in my 1st good advice uncle Snadge
    You have to loose sight of the shore sometimes to cross new oceans

    I would be a perfectionist, but I dont have the time

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    I also use a no dig system now but obviously had to turn the soil over when I first created the plot from a lawn. The biggest problem for many is getting hold of enough compost/manure for mulching as it's no use just putting half an inch of organic matter on the surface, you need a good depth of the stuff.

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    Brill, I have an Allotment which is HUGELY overgrown so I'll be clearing as much as I can and then laying down some tarpaulins and black plastic trying to kill the grass....and then covering with a lot of manure as soon as possible!

    Sound good?
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    If the soil is in fine condition then let the worms work it. If like many soils it is exhausted or heavy and in poor physical condition then digging in will help start the process of improvement.

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    I get small tree seedlings - from the adjacent churchyard - on my plot which I have to dig up - but when I add manure or home made compost I layer it on. Not through any deep beliefs in a no-dig system - just because I'm an idle beggar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    .................... - just because I'm an idle beggar!
    Yep, got to agree there, there's a bit of that too!
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

    Diversify & prosper



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    Quote Originally Posted by ilex View Post
    I'll be ... laying down some tarpaulins and black plastic .. then covering with a lot of manure
    You wanna put the manure under the tarp
    Better still, put down a layer of cardboard or whole wet newspapers, then cover with manure. It can all be dug in in the spring
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    I'd love to let the worms get on with it but unfortunately my plot has the dreaded New Zealand Flatworm

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