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from plants. Clearing it from the car and drive was hard enough!Freezing and thawing does play a part in breaking down heavy clay soils. This is one reason why it's recommended to roughly dig over areas in autumn and leave the surface with big clods
the weather has played a part in boosting clover growth in my lawn, just as I've heard it has for other gardeners. I'm not complaining, and certainly won't be reaching for the weedkiller. It's interesting to reflect that those people who dig up their lawn
in with kitchen waste before adding to the compost heap. Its surprising just how quickly this all rots down, producing valuable compost to dig into the soil.And if you need any additional incentive to compost a little more, have you seen just how much a small bag
they simply become bird food!Crops are planted in beds about 1m wide with a narrow paved path between each for easy access. I've just finished digging the beds, adding plenty of homemade compost deep down in the process, and now I'm planning what to grow
as growing plants. Last year I planted some seedling rhubarb plants from an organic veg plant supplier, but seedlings were only available of the popular 'Victoria'.We expect a lot from our rhubarb, so it's important to dig plenty of rich organic compost
soil preparation is such an important part of gardening. It may sound like I'm a broken record repeating the advice “dig plenty of compost or manure into your soil”, but without this water-holding, sponge-like reserve, water just drains through soil
to look forward to, and get me through this cold winter.In addition to all these jobs, there are still more leaves to rake up, old crops to clear and compost, veg beds to dig over, and then winter pruning to start...Now, what have I missed?