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    bikermike is offline Cropper
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    Default drowning weeds

    anyone done this?
    (just in case I am talking nonsense, I recall reading somewhere you can make weeds safe for compost if you leave them in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks).

    I've left them two weeks (and they'll get at least another week), so I wonder if they are done yet?

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    Mine go into a water butt that also contains nettles and comfrey - stinks to high heaven - only empty it out round about now onto the compost pile. Use the liguid as feed.
    Only things I don't throw in are buttercup and couch grass - as they seem to find it an acceptable growing medium...

    Couch and buttercup generally get laid out to dry and then incinerated and the ashes used on the soil
    Last edited by Baldy; 19-11-2017 at 04:13 PM.
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    Paulie is offline Rooter
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    I've done it, and it works - but it took much longer than two or three weeks for the weed roots to decompose to the point where I was confident they were dead. Mind you, there were a lot of solid roots - docks, nettles, and bindweed. I think I left one batch for about six months...

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