For the next few months, the best thing you can do for your garden is very little | Alys Fowler

For the next few months, the best thing you can do for your garden is very little | Alys Fowler

Leave old stems, seedheads and autumn leaves. Your soil – and the worms – will thank you for it

I know, I know, the fun of gardening is the doing … but for the next few months, aiming to achieve very little is the kindest, wisest thing you can do.

Soil that is actively growing plants, be that weeds or a crop, is much more resilient than soil that is left bare. Clearing the surface and digging the bed over damages the soil. Leave old pumpkin stems, spent bean plants and seedheads; allow leaves to blow across and rest where they find shelter; let the final flurry of annual autumn weeds, such as bittercress, sow thistle and chickweed, spring up – and walk away.

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