How to make the per­fect seedbed

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Roughly dig over the area you want to sow into us­ing a spade. Re­move all traces of weeds and woody roots – don’t worry at this stage if the soil forms into clumps be­cause they’ll break down later. Leave the bed for at least a day so that the soil sur­face dries out a lit­tle.

2 Once the soil is drier, break down any clumps of earth us­ing the back of a fork or rake. Clods are bad news for seeds be­cause they can pre­vent good con­tact with the earth. Whack the soil with the fork or rake – you’ll be out of puff, but that’s a sign you’re do­ing it right!

3 You may now need to leave the soil a few more hours, again so that the sur­face can dry out. Once it’s work­able, rake it over thor­oughly – your seedbed will now re­ally take shape. Rake re­peat­edly un­til all stones are re­moved and you’re left with a fine, crumbly bed.

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