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Getting ready to sow Q&A

Here are some popular questions we get asked at KG on preparing the soil and then sowing the seeds

CAN I APPLY MANURE AND GARDEN COMPOST TO SOIL IN SPRING?

Manure is traditionally applied in autumn and winter when digging over the plot or initially, in the case of no dig, a 10-15cm (4-6in) layer of organic matter such as manure, green waste or compost is placed on the surface and left for the worms to incorporate. Then nodig plots are annually topped up with 5-8cm (2-4in) of organic matter, such as garden compost or manure applied in autumn again.

Applying relatively fresh manure too late in spring is not ideal as it could affect the germination of seeds plus it is not so easy to get a nice fine tilth to sow into. If you have some really well rotted, almost soil-like compost, this can be put on as little as a month before sowing.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: BRASSICAS ARE THE BEST ✪ Meet Carl Walters, winner of the Best Crop category in our annual competition A CUE FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS ✪ The latest award-winning outdoor cucumber varieties revealed ALL ABUZZ ON THE PLOT Stephanie Hafferty is busy but still finds time to listen to the equally busy bees And much more!