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Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
Anyone dig or rotavate shredded paper directly into the ground?

I have a number of extra bags of paper and I'm about to rotavate and area for my brassicas and was thinking of adding the paper directly as I go any ideas?? anyone.

I do add shredded paper to my compost heap as a norm but have more than usual.

"You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,216
    Good idea, shouldn't think it will do any harm at all, I'd go ahead.
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    I do it all the time @Hampshire_Hog, bottom of the runner bean trench, potato trench and just recently in a big hole in my herb garden for some new herbs ( daughter took me to Jekka's Farm for Mothering Sunday - Oooooh). It breaks down really quickly as there is no sign of it by the time I dig the potatoes.
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,464
    As the rotavator blades churn the soil up will the shredded paper stay under the soil or will some lay on top, I may not be using my rotavator correctly but I can't see it working?
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    I don't have a rotavator @barry island but if I'm using a fork I make sure the ground+shredded paper is thoroughly soaked first. That stops it moving all over the place but you do need to mix it up before wetting as the paper clumps otherwise. Then I wait a while to let it drain a bit and carry on forking.
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    I will give it ago over the weekend and let you all know,
    I would think the rotavator would mix it in enough we are not talking huge amounts just a couple of dustbin bags over about 25 square meters the area has green manure growing on it at the moment so that will be rotavated in at the same time.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    Have you thought of using it in a lasagna process?  No rotavating, just layers of specific materials designed to suppress weeds and improve soil fertility.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Obelixx ; I originally wanted  to use the no dig method but having looked into it and taken some expert advice it was decided the ground was just to compacted, so it was rotavated in the autumn and a deep rooted green manure sown this should of helped break up the hard pan below by now and as I have this surplus paper I thought I would incorporate it and rotavate it in, grow the brassicas then next spring the ground should be nicely broken up and I can build the beds and start a no dig system.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    Good luck then.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,897
    I use shredded paper a lot in composting too.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Got round to rotavating the green manure and shredded paper at the allotment was going to do it at the weekend but was to hot.

    Added four black bin liners full of paper passed over the area about ten times then watered it just to stop any stray bit's blowing away but have to say most of it has gone in.

    The area is about 8 mt x 5 mt and the picture I took about half way through.

    Had to stop for a ☕ & 🍩



    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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