New patch.

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New patch.

Postby Toptaff » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:28 pm

I've started to make a new veg patch. I've weeded (oh! those beastly nettle roots! ) and rotovated to break it up.I've turned in some good farmyard manure and decided where my bean trench will be.
My question is - should I cover it with cardboard/membrane/ bark or similar until I'm ready to start planting?
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Re: New patch.

Postby Monika » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:44 pm

Depends. If the original soil is heavy, I would leave it uncovered for the frost (which is no doubt still to come) to break it up. If the soil is already crumbly and dark, I would cover it with a TRANSPARENT cover like plastic so that any weed seeds on the surface germinate and you can hoe them off because, if the ground has been uncultivated for some time (nettles!), it's likely to be full of weed seeds.
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Re: New patch.

Postby Toptaff » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:57 pm

That's a really helpful tip Monika --thank you!
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