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Hi new to this I live in west wales  and just over the road workmen are clearing a wood for  new houses. Would the top soil and leaf mould be any good for starting new raised beds?.

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  • Michael........the leafmould would be useful certainly ........might pay you to have a good nose at the soil tho........how deep are they digging and what is the soil like ?  If it is free and seems good sounds like a reasonable bet

  • Hiya philippa I have approximately 3 cubic metres I'm half way through riddling it there's plenty of leaf mould and the soil is really fine when screened. It smells really nice going next week to get a huge trailer load of  seaweed should this be ok for raised beds for next year? Thanks mike.

  • Cor Mike, how lucky are you! Sad about the wood, but at least some of it will be put to good use image



    I agree with Phillipa image
  • Thanx bekkie going for it next year. Lol hope to keep you all updated ok

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 30,507

    Just a thought about your seaweed Micheal - I think it needs to be rotted down before use - just like FYM - because of the salt content, unless you intend spreading it in the beds and leaving it over winter. Perhaps someone else can advise you on that.  Not sure how much of it you'd use either,  but like FYM, I expect you can use it quite liberally if it's well rotted image

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  • Hello fairygirl just seen ur message I've done a lot of research into seaweed you can put it straight .on . The amount of salt is negligible plus it deters slugs which is a big bonus . Thanx for your input much appreciated. Mike 

  • FGirl........re the seaweed.  I'm pretty sure there was something on another quite recent thread about the "do's and dont's" of seaweed application.  Several posters use it fresh and swear by it ( I confess I've only used the Liquid Seaweed feed ).  I'm tempted to go foraging here but so close to nuclear power station, I'm not too sure.....might look out at my garden one night and find it glowing in the darkimage

    Micheal........best of luck with your project......sounds like you are going to be pretty busy for a whileimage

  • I used to live near a nuclear power station in Lancashire. When I was on the trawlers used to trawl of Sellafield  for prawns did that for 30 plus years although I do have a bit     of  a  halo . Lol  if  you access to seaweed go for it very good for potatoes 

  • Micheal........"a bit of a halo ?"........hells bells and I am doing Prawns for my dinner this eveningimageimage

  • Philippa enjoy girl let me know how they were. Missing em since being in Wales and not on the boats anymore. Lol

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