Green living – Preparing your vege patch

Prepare your vege patch for spring with some good old-fashioned R&R.

There’s not a lot to do in the garden over winter, so why not give it a rest and help it replenish for spring?

I’ve planted lupins in my vegetable patch because they fix nitrogen in the soil, which benefits your vege crops over the summer. I did this last winter and was rewarded with the best crop of blight-free tomatoes I have ever grown.

It pays to give back to your soil over winter, when you’re not going to get much out of your garden anyway.

Dig the lupins in before they flower and you are also giving your soil some green manure, which is great for adding nutrients and organic matter to the ground. I let some flower too, as they are very pretty. You can also plant mustard, buckwheat, oats and barley.

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