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While you’re wait­ing for the ground to warm up enough to plant out vege seedlings, turbo boost your soil by adding a gen­er­ous amount of com­post (ap­prox­i­mately 40 litres per 2 square me­tres) and some well­rot­ted ma­nure, such as sheep pel­lets. Top this with a thick layer of mulch, such as peas­traw or bark. This helps to re­tain wa­ter and sup­press weeds. My in-laws, who grow all their own veges, place lay­ers of news­pa­pers (not the glossy stuff) over their gar­den beds. This cre­ates a nat­u­ral weed mat, which grad­u­ally breaks down over the com­ing months and is eaten by fungi, bac­te­ria and worms. Be­cause we have a heavy

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