Winter is the time we tidy up and plan for the following growing season.
We spend a lot of time looking at all the exciting veg we could be growing next year, going through the heritage and organic seed catalogues like kids in a sweet shop.
Winter is also when the soil has a nap. We put the beds, to bed, under a fresh layer of compost which protects it through the cold weather, like a duvet.
The frosts will break the compost down a little over winter and when the soil starts to warm up in spring it makes a fine breakfast. Soil needs feeding, or rather, all the organisms in the soil that help plants access the nutrients in the compost, need feeding. And compost is food.
As the soil warms they wake up and go to work making lots of nutrients for plants.
By February we've got our first seedlings popping up in the tunnel - tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Winter seems very short when you have sprouts popping up and tadpoles in the pond in February.