Presentation on theme: "Double digging Double digging is a type of tillage, done by hand. The purpose is to loosen the soil so that water and roots can penetrate deeply. Equipment."— Presentation transcript:
Double digging Double digging is a type of tillage, done by hand. The purpose is to loosen the soil so that water and roots can penetrate deeply. Equipment needed is a shovel, sturdy fork, board, marking string or tape, stakes and tape measure. The other vital component is strength and energy!
Select a site in full sun
Clean off the vegetation
Measure off the bed
Mark the bed perimeter
Dig a trench across one end
Put the soil in a wheelbarrow
The trench should be a spade length in depth
Use a board to stand on while digging, to reduce compaction
Use a fork to loosen soil below trench
Dig another trench, filling in the first with soil from the second trench
Use the fork to loosen the soil in the second trench
Double digging Continue to dig trenches, filling in the previous ones, until the whole bed is dug. Use the soil from the first trench to fill in the last trench dug. This may take a while, depending on how hard your soil is and how many people are working. This bed is going to take a while, since the clay is really hard.