Cover bare patches to stop weeds
GrowInG food shouldn’t be a chore, and I’m well aware that not every gardener is happy to be out in all weathers, especially during winter. so, while I may be urging you to sow hardy salads, broad beans, green manures and the like, many of you may be faced with large bare patches of earth through these chillier months.
You could leave these uncovered – and indeed, it is helpful to let frosts penetrate the soil to kill off overwintering bugs and break down heavy clods. Having said that, I’d much rather encourage you to cover over bare earth in case an unseasonable mild spell allows a rash of weed seedlings to germinate. while unlikely between november and March, a warm second half to october could support weeds.
these unwelcome plants would then sit tight through winter, ready to steam into growth as soon as conditions allow in spring. Knowing from experience that there’s nothing more discouraging than looking at weedy soil that was once bare, I’d urge you to cover it. A tarpaulin or old polythene sheet would do nicely because freezing spells, as aforementioned, can be useful. You can thank me when you peel it back to reveal pristine bare earth come spring!
This will allow you to have pristine bare soil come spring