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Steven Myburgh
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Hi everyone, new to the forum. I'm gardening in Sunny South Africa, and have decided to experiment with composting - apologies if this question has already been posted. I am interested in digging a square hole and filling with alternate layers of kitchen waste and soil, as is done in the trench bedding process. My previous filled holes have come out quite wet, and I am interested in experimenting with crops that can grow in wet conditions with un-decomposted kitchen waste, as a forerunner to crops that will be able to do well once the bed is naturally composted a bit more and suitable for a variety of crops. My idea is that it is a crop with fairly deep roots that can handle moisture, and is nutrient hungry. Would one of the cucurbits fall in this category, or some kind of grass-like crop? My idea was to make these holes relatively small(60cm x 60cm x 60cm) and separate from each other, so that no critters can gain access to them while they are a work in progress, and just planting one pumpkin seed on top of each filled hole.

Thanks in advance.
 
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