CHOP DOWN GREEN CROPS FOR MULCH
If you’ve grown green manure crops over winter, chop them down before the stalks get woody or they flower and set seed. It’s usually recommended to dig them in so they’ll break down over 5-6 weeks in time for planting spring crops. But soils are often too wet and puggy to dig. Alternatively you can chop and drop – just let the cut foliage lie on the surface as mulch. I avoid digging altogether so the soil profile isn’t disturbed and I don’t have the space to let beds lie empty while the green crop breaks down. Instead I shred my green crop (peas usually) with whatever prunings are on hand and spread the lot as mulch around the next crop that’s planted. spurge. An upturned hanging basket stops me walking on them and will provide support for the leaves as they grow. Watch out for seedlings too. If you have grown coriander, dill, nigella, primulas, cerinthe and many other annuals, you’ll find babies like the violas popping up. They’re easy enough to move to a new spot or they can be grown on in a seed tray while you decide where to put them.