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    I leave most weeds on the surface of the soil as it's easier than putting them in the compost bin. Dandelions, nettles, buttercup, thistles etc go in a bin of water with a lid. I leave them a good few months before putting the sludge in the compost bin. It stinks. Don't get it on you.
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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadylane View Post
    Dandelions, nettles, buttercup, thistles etc go in a bin of water with a lid. I leave them a good few months before putting the sludge in the compost bin.
    Aha, great explanation, I shall set up a torture chamber in a corner that I don't frequent too often. Mwahaha...

    Are daisies one for drowning too?
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    Dandelion root can be roasted and ground up to use as a coffee substitute. I tried it once and it's bl**dy revolting so now I just soak them
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    Quote Originally Posted by 68lbs View Post
    what weeds are ok to go on the compost ...Is this one of those weeds that grows from the tiniest bit of root?
    The ones that grow from root cuttings, eg bindweed, couch grass are the ones that need to be dead before they go on the compost heap.

    The quickest way to kill them is to leave them out in the sun for a few days, until they're crispy. On a pavement or path, or on top of a cloche/net.

    Dandelions will survive most tortures: Bob Flowerdew once nailed one to his shed door, then replanted it and it grew back. They survive drowning too, but not scorching on a hot path.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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