Having discussed the impending week of frosts with Hugh Merrett at coffee on Sunday, I decided to protect my early potatoes with some fleece. I found a couple of supermarket plastic bags in which I had stored some of my 5m lengths of fleece and that the rats and mice had not found and nested in. I pegged the fleece down at either end and used staples to clip it down at each side so the wind couldn't dislodge it.
After that I set about hoeing the weeds from between my onions. Having done some hoeing before there were only a few weeds to deal with but loosening the soil also helps retain moisture. I soon found I was hoeing between the garlic and shallots on the other side of the plot and dealing with much more established weeds to good effect. There are areas of my plot which are riddled with weeds some of which are well established. I need to attack them progressively or they will overwhelm me.
I went on to emptying the bags of grass and garden waste, as well as my kitchen waste bin, into the compost bin and then covered them with a layer of leaves. I left for home with a few heads of sprouting kale and some kale leaves.