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Post  retired member 2 on 4/21/2011, 6:24 pm

So, I am wondering about something. In the fall, when you pull out your old plants, how do you keep the root system from tearing up your SFG and taking all teh MM with it?

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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/21/2011, 6:50 pm

I just pulled the plant up, shook the MM back into the square (maybe smacking it about with the trowel a bit) and went on to the next one. If it is a BIG plant like a tomato or squash, you might try digging around the base with your trowel. Most plants come out easily and the MM is so loose, it will come out of the roots easily.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/21/2011, 9:52 pm

When I pull up anything from the cabbage family, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, I chop off the top to go in the compost, but toss the whole root system in the trash. There's always a chance it may have clubroot which is something you don't want spreading in your garden for next year. Better safe than sorry.
Then I put a handful of limestone in the hole.
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Post  camprn on 4/21/2011, 9:57 pm

@quiltbea wrote:When I pull up anything from the cabbage family, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, I chop off the top to go in the compost, but toss the whole root system in the trash. There's always a chance it may have clubroot which is something you don't want spreading in your garden for next year. Better safe than sorry.
Then I put a handful of limestone in the hole.
+1, except I put mine in the burn pile. To lift root systems at the end of the growing season I use my most useful and trusted garden tool, my fork.

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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 4/21/2011, 10:30 pm

You can just leave bean and pea roots in your box. They add nitrogen to the soil.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/21/2011, 10:32 pm

Patty, you're right on! I always leave mine there to add nitrogen to the soil.
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