Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

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It's that time of year again when the allotments association sends out its annual rent demand to each tenant and it's also the time of year when the treasurer finds out just how many people have moved away or given up since the Autumn. We had a waiting list of nine up until three weeks ago, now it's down to four, and it may well vanish altogether. When letting the new tenants have their eagerly awaited 150 square yards of prime garden land, the most frequently asked question is: "What do I do first?" At this time of the year, the answer is easy; "Dig it roughly and deeply from end to end whenever there is a break in the rain". The frost is the gardener's best friend, it will break up all those compacted lumps of soil which you leave lying exposed. Even if the plot is weed-covered there is still a benefit to be got from rough digging, even if it means leaving the weeds in the soil. …

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