Friday, May 31, 2013

@The Prepper Project: How to Double-Dig

You've seen my writing on double-digging before. The more I do it, the more I'm impressed with it as a truly superior method of gardening in smaller spaces. Over at The Prepper Project, I share more on the "why" and "how" of this excellent practice:

When we look at our garden plants, we tend to think about only what we see. If the growth above ground is green and happy, great! Unfortunately – that’s only half the picture. Root growth is really, really important to the health of a plant and its ability to stand drought stress, find nutrients and keep itself supported. When you use a tiller, you’re really only ripping up the top 6” or so of the ground. Beneath that, the soil might remain hard and unyielding to plant roots. The deep mulch method (also known as lasagna gardening or the “Ruth Stout” method) can loosen soil over time by attracting worms that aerate for you – but if you really want to get your gardens going in a hurry, double-digging is the way to put food on the table ASAP. (READ MORE)

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