Roots in soil for organic gardening

bibbus(7b)May 17, 2014

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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lazy_gardens

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

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 10:31PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

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

Dave

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 10:00AM
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bibbus(7b)

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.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 5:08PM
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