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how long after cultivating soil should you wait before you can plant stuff in it? further to my post yesterday, i have a large raised area of soil that i have been doing weed removal work on, digging it to around a foot deep to clear deep roots. the soil type is loamy, so it's very loose at the moment and with the weather its also quite dry on the surface. once digging has finished, how long would i need to let it settle before i can use it for planting? or could i spend some time firming it down, watering it heavily then plant in it within days?

thanks guys ..


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You can plant right away and water them in well, this will settle the soil. You have good soil, a downpour will help, but there isn't any need to wait.

  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    I would wait 2/3 weeks as you will have exposed seeds to the light which will now germinate.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,937

    Depends whether you're sowing or planting - if sowing then the advice to wait a couple of weeks is valid - but if planting then any seedlings that appear can easily be removed with a gentle tickling of the surface with a Dutch hoe. image

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

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 211

    hi everyone, thanks.

    it will be predominantly shrubs and 'permanent' plants. it wont be ready to plant just yet - i am hoping all weeds will be cleared by the end of this weekend coming. i shall likely sow some annuals inbetween the gaps between the shrubs for this season, so those will be direct sow later on, may or theerabouts. i have some centaurea, nigella, marigold and probably some others as well. 

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