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Ground roots

I have a vacant plot, not very big, in which I wish to grow vegetables.   The problem is that although I have dug the plot for a number of years I keep getting roots with fibrous threads.  Although I try to get these up they go deep.   My neighbour has a Cyprus hedge about 2 ft away and there is an Ash tree about 6yds away.  Could this be the cause of the problem.  Any advise welcome.  I am  70 and cannot undertake lots of hard work on this plot.


  • It's the ash tree roots... we had them all over this garden when the we came here ... we tried to get around the problem by using raised beds but the tree roots grew into the beds!!!  

    We've since felled the tree nearest the veg patch and that has improved matters.  We love the big trees but they are not without negative factors.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • That us really helpful but my neighbour will not hear of the Ash tree being removed.  Therefore, are there any recommendation of what to grow in the plot?

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