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Roots in soil for organic gardening

Posted by bibbus 7b (My Page) on
Sat, May 17, 14 at 9:15

I'm starting a new topic on this since its a new subject. I am the recipient of a 4 x 10 x 12 bed of good topsoil from under a tall, old spruce or cedar tree but it is full of small (and occasionally the missed large ones) clumps of roots. Some are hairlike and others are a little larger. I am not sure if they are dead or not but the tree apparently is and has been dying for a couple of years. There was just no way to remove all the roots without LOTS of tedious work. I assume they will decompose into the soil and not cause any problems. I've wondered about this for a while. What is the affect of having roots in your vegetable garden soil?

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RE: Roots in soil for organic gardening

Very little. If there's a big chunk of one, yank it out.

RE: Roots in soil for organic gardening

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Sun, May 18, 14 at 10:00

Same. I just toss the big matted bunches as I come to them. The rest decompose over time.


RE: Roots in soil for organic gardening

Great! I was hoping that would be the case. I am so excited to have a whole new raised bed that I wasn't expecting. Thank you.

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