After clearing the onions and garlic the next step was to add 25mm (1 inch) of compost. Both the onions and garlic need digging out but the soil was not turned over. It was easy to use a fork to raise the bulbs and then gently remove them. Never just pull out the bulbs by the leaves as it will damage the stems which could cause the bulbs to rot during drying.
The compost was made earlier this year so is about four months old. It has been sieved through a 10mm screen. The idea is to make several cubic metres of this a year so all the beds can have the same treatment. We are not quite there yet but with recent improvements to the compost mix the output should increase. More soon on we have changed the way we make compost.
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