The serious lack of hard weather is reflected in the soil conditions.  Market gardener Andrew McTurk who farms in Brentwood in Essex says the soil is not in particularly good order this year.  A hard frost is extremely beneficial as it gives the top tilth where the surface is lovely and nice.  As he explained to Ken Crowther it doesn’t need many frosts but there hasn’t been enough this year to make a good job.


There are lots of shrubs which are flowering early this year, in some cases very early. With some many plants flowering before they would normally does this affect the way they are pruned? Ken Crowther spoke to Tom Cole from Writtle College for his views on the best times to prune.