Vegetable plot

  • Spread lime on vegetable beds, ideally in the rotation before the brassicas or legumes and long before the potatoes return
  • Start digging in ryegrass and tougher green manures so they will have died, broken down and incorporated by the time you want to sow and plant
  • Or Cover them with opaque geo-textile, the grreen manure will die and be incorporated by the time the beds are needed
  • Rake the asparagus bed then sprinkle finely powdered charcoal, soot or fine potting compost (take care not to breathe these in) to darken and warm the soil and give an earlier crop
  • Likewise darken soil around garlic, seakale and rhubarb
  • Go on a slug and snail hunt turning over their hibernating haunts