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Monday, 4 February 2013
Sow Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, lettuces, onions, leeks, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach, tomatoes and turnips.
- 1 beef stock cube
- 50g/2 oz butter
- 2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 2 celery sticks, trimmed and finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme, leaves stripped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1kg/2lb 4oz good-quality British beef mince
- 2 tablespoons tomato purée
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- A few drops of Tabasco sauce to taste
- 175ml/3 fl oz red wine
- Pinch each of sea salt and black pepper
- 1kg/2lb 4oz white potatoes, peeled
- 75g/3oz butter
- A splash of milk
- Parmesan cheese, for grating
- Buttered peas, another vegetable or salad to serve
When you top dress a lawn you add a fine layer of fresh soil to the lawn’s surface which helps to build soil quality over time and provide benefits for the lawn. If you have sandy soil it will help it to retain moisture and resist drought. Clay soil will drain better and root development will be helped.
Timing is important and it’s best to aerate and/or scarify the lawn before applying top dressing. Top dressing will help to even out the lawn, filling in hollows, and it helps to stimulate the production of new shoots for a denser grass cover, keeping weeds and moss at bay.
Find out how to top dress a lawn in our useful guide.