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When vege beds sit empty over win­ter, it’s an in­vi­ta­tion for weeds to move in, and for the soil to wash out, which is why we sow cover crops in au­tumn. These liv­ing mulches – usu­ally legumes such as blue lupin – are ben­e­fi­cial on sev­eral fronts. They fix nitro­gen, pre­vent nu­tri­ent leach­ing, look tidy, pro­vide a habi­tat for in­sects and pro­vide valu­able or­ganic mat­ter to im­prove your soil when they’re dug in ahead of spring plant­ing.

This year I’ve de­cided to take a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach in my va­cant vege beds. I’m thickly sow­ing (one packet of seed per 2m

I’ve just had a flu jab (just in case) but my main de­fence against win­ter colds and chills is to crank up my vi­ta­min C con­sump­tion –

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