With all the rain this winter my soil has developed quite a hard cap. I am about to mulch with FYM - do i need to break up the cap before I spread the mulch, or will the worms do it for me over time? I have quite a heavy clay soil, and the garden is all on a gentle slope.
I would run one of the three pronged cultivators around and then mulch.If you don't have one, you could use a hand fork or even a hoe.
It depends on how much space is between your plants. Mine won't have any gaps until I pull out the forget me nots. If I learnt how a hoe, I wouldn't have all the forget me nots or poppies, or all the overwintered cerinthe that are just starting to flower.
Thanks - i have a hand fork on a long handle (if you see what i mean) - i will do some serious tickling of the surface before i add the fym
I too would use a cultivator. Scratching into the top 3" is ideal and then mulch.
Thanks again - will attack some of it today