Winter ploughing: Now that December is with us the season opens for winter ploughing. Up to quite recently the land was generally dry down in the ground but this might change from now on. If you have a good cover of vegetation on some fields be slow to plough those as the cover is helping to protect your soil.

To plough it up and leave it is merely exposing your soil to additional damage from winter rainfall. That said it is useful to have some land ploughed in winter to have less work to do in springtime. Always target the heavier more stubborn land for winter ploughing, if you can get it ploughed, as it will benefit most from the formation of a frost tilth.