An hour spent in the garden in winter has a greater effect than the same time in summer. It’s easy to avoid going out when it’s wet and cold, but it’s the time when we do the work that pays huge dividends later in the year. In spring, summer and autumn we’re too busy sowing, planting and picking to do the ‘ground’ work.
1. order your seeds.
2. plan your edible garden.
3. make and spread some compost.
4. sow some green manure.
5. organise protection for your crops.
August is a good time to plant fruit trees, if it’s not too wet to dig a hole. You might even want to sow some early potatoes. If these activities seem too hard or your don’t know what to do or you just can’t get the motivation, book on a course to help.
If you’ve lost touch with your New Year’s fitness resolutions, you may enjoy Jason Gay’s article from the WSJ on conquering the gym – particularly his rule 27.