Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:00
Had our garden for almost a year now so still getting used to bits and pieces but one thing for sure is that it is going to need tonnes of organic matter/compost this winter.
Although we have four compost bins, the amount we have in them at present is not even going to scratch the surface. Does anyone have any advice on sourcing decent compost/manure for enriching the soil? Also, when we moved in the veg patches were covered with black polythene which was brilliant for suppressing the weeds and keeping the soil warm which was a massive help at the start of the season. The question is if we put a good covering of manure or compost over the surfaces in the autumn for overwintering, presumably we would be best not to cover it with polythene again.
Sourcing the manure is a particularly worry since we heard about the RHS having serious problems with some of their manure which contained a awful herbicide which wrecked their crops last year. How can you be sure that your manure is good old fashioned stuff with no chemical nasties? Any advice gratefully received.