Autumn approaches and with it the urgency to plough up old weedy pasture and reseed with new clover leys. Seeds sown in early September establish well before winter, but a delay due to weather or machinery breakdown means that the new crop is not properly established. It is then vulnerable to frost and, if the plants are small, what little leaf they have will be gobbled up slugs.
Next spring any gaps in the crop will be colonised by weeds and all the hard work of ploughing, cultivation, and the cost of seed and fuel will be wasted. Timeliness is everything.
Hence the saying: ”God speed the plough”
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