Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dig This

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That's it then, the frost has arrived and we'll be pressing the Go button shortly to start on the winter digging. First a list of dos and don'ts.

Don't dig if the soil sticks badly to your boots. Do take out all the perennial deep-rooted weeds across the area you're going to tackle. The annual stuff like chickweed etc can be turned in as you dig. Don't try to dig over the whole plot in one day; you'll be out of action for Christmas if you do.

Do try to dig one area at a time completely and try to join up the dug over areas. The whole purpose of digging is to expose as much soil as possible to the winter frosts. This is best achieved by leaving the soil in big lumps. Don't try to break it down to a tilth until spring.

If you've spread manure or compost over the soil, try to turn it to the bottom of the row as you dig. …

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