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Post by Dandelion on 25th October 2010, 7:53 pm

I spent part of today raking up the debris from under our large conifer (Western Red Cedar) - a mixture of twigs, leaves/needles (I don't know what they're officially called - they have more form than a needle) and underneath a quantity of fine powdery earth. This is decomposed matter from quite a few years, and is like fine powdery compost. I know the answer is probably to try it and see, but does anyone know if this would be good for sowing seeds into, or would it deter germination?

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Post by Compostwoman on 25th October 2010, 8:04 pm

Mmm conifers and all evergreens in general ( with a few exceptions) have a weed suppressing chemical in them, the bareness under a leylandii hedge is not just due to water loss from the ssoil or shading...

I would try it with a fast germinating something now...and do a test pot as well with a normal seed medium.

I have had poor results but you might have better luck?

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Post by Sparhawk on 26th October 2010, 1:31 am

I think its good for mulching around strawberries, I would also guess it would be acidic which would probably make it good for blueberries... bigthink

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th October 2010, 9:54 am

sparhawk wrote:I think its good for mulching around strawberries, I would also guess it would be acidic which would probably make it good for blueberries... bigthink

Yes, the melcourt compost is made from composted pine bark and needles...

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Post by Dandelion on 26th October 2010, 12:24 pm

Will rake some up to use on the strawberries in the spring - sadly I can't develop a taste for blueberries (too 'perfumy'), but perhaps it will suit the tayberry as well (which now I come to think of it is fairly near the conifer, so gets a fair bit of 'conifer debris' round its roots and is doing very well.)
What about adding to the compost heap generally - presumably it will make the heap more acidic (so could balance up citrus peel??)

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Post by Compostwoman on 26th October 2010, 12:42 pm

Would have thought it would be ok, would neutralise the acidic effect if it were mixed in with other stuff...

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Post by Dandelion on 26th October 2010, 5:05 pm

Dandelion wrote:
What about adding to the compost heap generally - presumably it will make the heap more acidic (so could balance up citrus peel??)

I didn't mean that, did I? It would all make the heap more acidic so would need balancing with lime or browns.

Blame it on my need for lunch at the time!!

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