Keep your plot tick­ing over

En­joy a rest but there are still few jobs to give you your gar­den­ing fix!

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The year is on the wane and things now start slow­ing down. You’re prob­a­bly look­ing for­ward to a bit of a break from too much hefty work now it’s win­ter, and you de­serve it – we know how hard GN read­ers work and it’s good to get some Christ­mas down time!

How­ever, it’s also a good time to pot­ter about and keep an eye on ev­ery­thing, while car­ry­ing out a few odd jobs to keep things tick­ing over.

If you’ve not al­ready done so, and you tend to dig over your plot in win­ter, get the fork out now, loos­en­ing clods which will then be bro­ken down by im­pend­ing frosts. This will im­prove struc­ture. Clear old plant de­bris, check over your tools and check for any crop dam­age, too. Any ar­eas you’re not us­ing can be covered, sav­ing you time and ef­fort weed­ing un­til you need the space. Or­ganic mulches will help feed your plot as well as ob­struct many weeds. A plas­tic mulch or weed mem­brane over the top, how­ever, will keep all weeds out, and keep soil rel­a­tively warm so you can use it ear­lier in spring.

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