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23/11/2013 at 18:01

Hi got a new plot of council the paths are already made so I have about 8 good sized raised beds but ant been used for about 5 years so I have streamed it all as it was like a jungle got my horse manure patch done and got 6 ton of it now should I dig and turn it over as its manly all grass.Then in a bout 4 weeks after frost has got to the weeds and that I was going to put manure on top as its well rotted.any advice please I want the ground sorting out before I put me shed and greenhouse up many thanks for advice in advance


23/11/2013 at 18:52

I would put up the shed and greenhouse first folks.  

I would then trench in your manure and, yes, add the remainder to the top over the winter.  Thereafter I would not dig again merely adding compost, manure etc to,the top each year.  

Crops like carrots will not like the manure so I would avoid growing them next year.  


23/11/2013 at 22:30


You should watch rick van man on you tube he does lots of videos of his allotment he got a few years ago

hope this can help you

this one is an enjoyable one to watch

24/11/2013 at 09:04

Agree with Verdun. Put the shed and greenhouse up first. Do you know what type of grass it is?. If it has stringy white roots it could be couch grass. You will need to clear this out rather than dig it in as it will love the manure and romp away in the Spring

It will likely be you that has to get to the weeds. If anything they will be the toughest thing on your plot and the frost won't kill them.

24/11/2013 at 09:11

Good point man of Kent.   If it is couch grass time spent now digging it out is time well spent.   If you burn burn it later you have some extra potash.  

Although I'm a no digging gardener, turning over the soil is very therapeutic and enables ??ou to know your soil

24/11/2013 at 09:18

I agree - dig it all over now and get the roots of grass and weeds out - doing it now will save hours and hours of time in the future.  Then get the manure on and leave it for the winter frosts to break up the clods while you put up the shed and greenhouse.

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