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double digging

n
(Agriculture) Brit a method of digging ground in a series of trenches two spits deep, mixing the soil of the bottom spit with manure, and then transferring the soil from the top spit of one trench to the top spit of the preceding one
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double digging

A method of deep cultivation where the soil is worked to twice the depth of a spade by first digging a trench and then digging the bottom of the trench.
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The bed is prepared by clearing the land, double digging to break the harns and to remove the stumps and roots.
We had a gym and cookery/domestic science room, playground for netball, garden where we grew potatoes, double digging trenches and compost called sewage sludge, although it was warm to the touch.
Prepare the site at least a month before planting, double digging to aerate the soil and create a 1m (3ft) square plot where each planting is to take place.
Double digging is more labour intensive but it's traditionally seen as doing a better job, digging down two spades depth and laying a trench of manure before replacing a spade's depth of soil on top of that.
But rich in nutrients it's worth the extra effort bringing in to cultivation by double digging.
Farmers use a subsoiler to break it up and serious gardeners use double digging, where two spade depths are turned over separately, taking care not to mix subsoil with topsoil.
Mike, a retired civil servant, gave his allotment a good double digging when he first started.
A Double digging. Dig a trench, barrowing the soil to the end of the plot.
Fellows were trained in all aspects of Bio-Intensive Agriculture (BIA), including composting, plant spacing, companion planting, planning, pest control, and double digging, a two-tiered soil preparation technique.
Try double digging to break up the subsoil and aerate the top soil.
Now is a good time to initially work your beds by double digging or deep tilling, when the sides are up this will be more tedious.
There's nothing nicer to see than the city park staff neatly double digging a bed in the middle of winter on a cold winter's day.