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By Hank

Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

2 quick questions that I should know the answers to but don't.
1. My malope tryffs are now looking tatty, should I dig them out and put them in the compost bin or put them in the green bin for the council to take away ?
2. I have one 8 x 4 raised bed completely empty. It's never been trodden in. Should I now dig it over ?



What are you planning to put in the raised bed? If you're not planting until spring you could leave the digging and let the winter frosts do the work.

Can't see why you wouldn't put the Malone in your compost bin, thou you might want to make sure there are no seed heads or you could have them springing up all over the place when you use the compost.

30 Aug, 2015


Thanks U, is there any point in collecting the seed heads to set them again next year ?
And I'm not using the raised bed until next year so no digging. Although, come to think of it I could put my onion sets in there in a month or so. The onions I grew this year were really good.

30 Aug, 2015


If the seeds are ripe (from the Malope) you could save some for next year Hank - either way, Urbanite's right - remove the seed heads and put the rest in your compost bin.

30 Aug, 2015


You don't want onions in the same patch two years running.
Crop rotation - to reduce pests and disease and allow the soil to replenish. Check out various suggestions for 3 or 4 year rotations depending on what crops you prefer. or (Which explains in a bit more detail).

31 Aug, 2015


I understand that U,thanks, the empty bed was full of lettuce this year. I've eaten so much lettuce I think my ears are growing - but fortunately I love salad sandwiches.

31 Aug, 2015

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