Winter in the Organic Garden

There are still crops being pulled up this month. Leeks are doing well and brussells sprouts are looking good. The last of the pumpkins has been lifted and we now have to think about next year.

Soil preparation is the key. We want a healthy weed free soil to give us a kick start, so we are mulching deeply with rotted horse manure and a covering of black membrane on top of that. It should keep the weeds down and by spring the worms will have pulled all the goodness into the topsoil.

Next month the apple trees will need a good pruning. I have one apple tree that is way to big, so over the last 3 years I have taken on major branch away, to slowly regain control. If I chopped all the major branches in one go the shock might kill the tree, so a gradual approach is definitely called for.