Bed down your plot for winter

It’s an exciting time as you make preparations for next year’s crops.

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Your veg patch will be a shadow of its former self at this time of year, with plant remains, depleted soil, bare patches and tools and other dirty debris left over. However, it’s an exciting time really, when you can plan and prepare, and start again from scratch. Gardening’s very therapeutic and being able to start afresh from any of this year’s weather or cultivation disasters is rewarding to the soul! So, it’s time to get it all ship shape for another year, tidy and clean for when you want to start again proper.

On warmer, dry and non-frosty days you can get the fork out for a good dig over of the ground, turning over the soil and breaking up the hard clods. If your soil’s too hard and frosty to work, you can simply add a thick layer of rotted manure or good garden compost over the top to slowly bed down in its own time.

Ensure cloches are handy and clean in case of really harsh winters – you’ll need to help some of your crops in situ and cloche over winter greens and young plants to get them through the worst of it. Those areas you’re not using can be covered over with a weed-suppressing membrane or some black plastic until spring, saving you dealing with any interim weeds.

Have a look at some catalogues and enjoy ordering a few more seeds and plants, and look forward to a new season next year!