When to prepare new beds for next year?
Hi everyone, hope you all enjoyed the dreary bank holiday weekend!
Thanks to the board's design suggestions a few months ago my garden is looking a lot better, from this:
Although the sunshine in the first picture looks quite appealing!
The path is just a skeleton at the moment, so ignore the hodge podge of paving stones and grass and bark chips and weeds there, as they will eventually be gone, I was just marking it out to get the shape of the beds etc. The idea is that all the beds will eventually go right up to the path, and the path will most likely end up gravelled (I know it can get messy with falling leaves, but seems like the best option for me).
My plan is to plant the remaining beds up next year, so is there any merit to digging out the beds now? I've been reading about people putting a layer of compost or mulch or something over the top of the beds before winter so they are better the next year, is that a good idea in this case? Or would digging the beds now and leaving them unplanted serve no purpose except another space for neighbourhood cats to go to the toilet ? If it helps, my soil is clay (South London), and slightly acidic.
Thanks for all your help so far, hopefully you'll agree the garden is looking a bit better!