So what could you be getting on with in the garden during these colder months?
A Latin proverb imparts ‘Every soil does not bear the same fruit.’ If your plants haven’t been thriving in the past year, ask yourself ‘Have I been giving them the essentials?’
Soil has 4 basic requirements, food, water, shelter and air. Come spring, billions of soil organisms will come to life, recycling nutrients, capturing water, fighting pests and diseases and improving the structure of your soil.
So before this happens, feed your soil with organic mater. Using a hoe, incorporate the following into the top 10 cm of your soil - fallen autumn leaves, homemade compost and garden debris, slow release fertilisers or blood and bone. Adding these materials now, will give them time to break down for use when plants need them in spring.
If all that seems a bit complicated, like it did to me last week, just buy some compost and sheep pellets from the garden centre and mix them in! Your plants will thank you for it and come late spring, you’ll notice the difference.