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What to plant near compost bins

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quietheart
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when i got my plot there were four 4' x 4' wooden slatted beds for compost. i've reduced this to 2, one for woody bits and a quicker one.
This leaves me with 2 - '4 x4' beds full of compost so ready to plant really.
They are only 2 ft away from the working compost though so there'll be plenty of slugs and snails. I have frogs galore and don't want to use slug pellets.
What should I plant. Things that might work are rasps (i have loads of rogue canes to move), rhubarb? I'm thinking permanent beds so there's less new growth to tempt them. Though I've got enough fruit bushes. Would be open to veg suggestions also. Any ideas from those in the know? :D

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  • Lotus-eater
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    With rich compost like that, I would go for courgettes, or maybe a melon, or tomatoes. A squash would romp away from each one
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  • quietheart
    quietheart Posts: 1,875 Forumite
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    I'd forgotten squash! Thanks that's great, i'd grown a giant pumpkin in there previously and totally forgotten that it worked.
    Cheers.
  • DaftyDuck
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    Don't forget to plant a squash/marrow/courgette on to p of each heap (and on any plastic compost bins anyone else has). Huge produce, succulent and tasty and, best of all, when it's done, you just fold it in the heap and it rapidly rots away.
    The raspberries will do great, but remember they have surface roots, so try not to disturb them.
  • quietheart
    quietheart Posts: 1,875 Forumite
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    The raspberries will do great, but remember they have surface roots, so try not to disturb them.

    so would you suggest moving with soil attached? some of the roots are 4 ft long, can i chop into them? I sound like an idiot but somehow manage to grow stuff!
  • DaftyDuck
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    Raspberries are tough plants, but take as much of the root ball as you can, and plant at the same depth as you took them out at, and then water well. Don't worry if you chop through the longer roots; it may set them back a bit this year, but they'll be fine the next.
    I meant not to disturb them once planted... they'll need weeding, but pull the weeds, don't hoe heavily.
  • quietheart
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    Thanks for the advice!
    Unfortunately I've loads of couch grass around my raspbs. Evil stuff with ludicrously long roots.
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