When should I dig? - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Mills, Pe
Question by tikcuf77
March 6, 2010
I live in southeast Pa. When should I dig my garden? This is the first year for my garden.


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Answer from NGA
March 6, 2010

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You'll want the soil to be above freezing and reasonably dry before digging and amending the soil in preparation for planting. Dig a handful of soil and squish it in the palm of your hand. If it doesn't drip water and if when you open your hand the soil breaks apart when you touch it with your finger, it's dry enough to work. If it remains in a solid clump, it's still too wet and you'll have to wait a few weeks. When the soil is dry enough to work, spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the top and dig it in to a depth of the blade of your shovel. Then level the bed and plant. Hope you have a great garden!

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