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Post by Chilli-head on 4th November 2019, 12:55 pm

In between the rain, I've made a bit of a start on tidying both in the garden and at the lotty. Greenhouse still needs some clearing out, there are some peppers and chillies left ripening, but there's not much scope left for that now, and botrytis and other molds are setting in. I also must clear room in the garden for broad beans - it was going to be the job for this weekend but the weather had other ideas.

Best not to be too tidy though. Insects overwinter in leaf litter - see here.. hedgehogs need somewhere cozy too. That article mentions leaf blowers - what is all that about. Noisy, polluting things when a decent rake would do ! Love to see them banned.

And what about weeds at this time of year. I still have quite a flush of chickweed etc. Some might get killed by the frost. Some of it I just tend to think of as green manure to deal with in spring. I suppose if I were to put on a thick later of mulch (which I don't have to hand) it might be the best thing to do. But maybe I'll just deal with what survives over winter in spring. It can protect the soil a bit until then. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it !
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