4414Re: double digging
- Aug 2, 2004
> I've been very happy with the effects of double digging on myCarrie, keep in mind that the effects of double digging are
> garden beds.
temporary. Digging depletes the soil of minerals, organic matter and
nitrogen over time. You'll have to give careful attention to adding
soil nutrients back to the soil if you plan to continue digging.
Digging once to get a bed going can be beneficial if you're working
with compacted soil. More than that and you get locked into the cycle
of digging to get the results you're looking for and adding back ton
of soil nutrients. You wind up having to add back more than the
amount of produce you harvest in order to keep up.
That is part of the genius of natural farming. You end up creating
more soil live and nutrients than you harvest. Thus, you "live off
the interest" rather than eating off the capital.
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