ROOTS OF SCUTCH AND DOCKS GO TO DITCH, NOT COMPOSTER -1st wk in October 2014

When I was cultivating a small urban garden, it was easy to prevent such persistent weeds as docks and scutch from taking hold. However, we now are endeavouring to grow organic food on a couple of acres here in Wexford now.  A very different story.

I have heard it said that drying out dock and scutch roots renders them harmless. I’m not so sure and anyway who has time to be drying out the roots of weeds? There are wild areas on our plot which we are happy not to cultivate. These areas provide a happy hunting ground for wildlife – and the scutch and dock roots can provide wildlife cover in this wild area!

There is plenty of easily decomposed greenery from stalks and leaves left after the fruit and veg harvest to make good compost which is free of persistent weed roots hopefully.

Scutch and dock roots which will NOT go into the composter.

Scutch and dock roots which will NOT go into the composter.

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