One of the quickest way to improve the overall image of a plot or a garden is to mow, edge and top dress. This week I took on two of these tasks: defining the edge and top dressing my plot with a mix of compost and bark. After all the manicure my plots looks very crisp and neat. Hopefully the layer of compost will help the soil to hold onto moisture better and keep weeds down. I found it also a good way of dealing with the crust on the top of the soil – remains of the frost at the end of March.

Contrast: top dressed patch versus untreated area