Cover bare patches to stop weeds

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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

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