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Busy at the Plot: Bury those Weeds

We’re very good at growing weeds. But they are a large challenge to dispose of.

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First we fill the compost bins. All three.

Then we usually do this.


It has a slight similarity to a hugelkultuur bed where twigs and small branches for the basis for a densely packed growing bank.

This one started with plenty of thick stems from the Jerusalem artichokes.


Then we added lots of non-invasive weeds. We avoid adding the couch grass, nettles and bindweed as they are our worst visitors.


Some serious spade chopping action and then it looks not bad.


We usually try and leave it exposed for a while before filling in. Sometimes so our plot neighbours can wonder what we’re up to and hopefully to get some rain on it.

If the forecast fails then a few stout buckets may do the trick.

How do you deal with weeds from your allotment?


9 comments on “Busy at the Plot: Bury those Weeds

  1. Grower
    November 22, 2014

    That looks like a great idea. I don’t ever have an open space to bury weeds when I have them or other plant waste so they get hauled to the community weed pile. I really should dedicate some space to composting.


  2. lizard100
    November 22, 2014

    We usually only do this when we’ve started clearing for the winter. I just resent giving the nutrients away.


  3. Helen
    November 22, 2014

    You could use the trenches for growing things like beans – recommendation from my dad.


  4. lizard100
    November 22, 2014

    We usually put beans over the trenches now. Good suggestion. Last year we put in a lot of branches too and put the courgettes on them.


  5. horticulturalhobbit
    November 22, 2014

    such beautiful earth. mama H deals with weeds, she can’t stand them. I used them on the surface as a mulch once they are all dried up.

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    • lizard100
      November 22, 2014

      Our earth is like sand on the beach but it does look nice.


      • horticulturalhobbit
        November 22, 2014

        so wonderfully friable looking. You could probably grow some beautiful carrots

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      • lizard100
        November 22, 2014

        Carrots gave always succumbed to the carrot fly. Though we are now growing them over the winter instead : )


  6. tootlepedal
    November 23, 2014

    Hard work but worthwhile. I hope that you get your rain.

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