Vegetables and Fruit forum: Double-Dig Method, When to Do it?

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Name: Eric
Milton, NH (Zone 5a)
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EPS81
Apr 1, 2018 5:38 PM CST
This is my first post to the forum, and I've only been gardening for a couple of years.

I've decided to use the double-dig method to prep my garden this year, but I'm curious when I should do it. I live in New Hampshire and this is the first weekend I can see most of my garden now that much of the snow has receded. We don't plant most of our veggies until Memorial Day, but the soil is already soft enough to work. Is it ever too early to till a garden?

Thanks!
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Apr 1, 2018 6:22 PM CST
Just don't dig when the soil is waterlogged. If you have any clay you end up with adobe bricks.
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
May 1, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Eric;
Just browsing through these threads and ran across yours. When we moved out of the city I still (needed, had to ) wanted to garden, but after testing I found I had hardpan clay which would be difficult for my favorite root crops, and since my back yard is just a shade under 2 acres, I decided to try quite a few techniques I hadn't before: double digging one of them. IMO it's a very effective method to break up (and in) soil for a new garden. My oldest beds are about 3 or 4 years old and they are the best place for your prized veggies (Whatever they may be). I've read that they must be re-done every few years or so, but so far all I've done is mulch with finely chopped fall leaves and turn them into the soil in the spring, it seems to be keeping the soil in good to GREAT condition. A good heavy duty broadfork will help in maintaining your beds - my choice would be Meadow Creature.

Hope this helps.
J.R.

P.S. Sorry but I forgot your second question. The best time to do this is now, it's kinda like that old Chinese proverb about the best time to plant a tree.
[Last edited by josebaca - May 1, 2018 3:52 PM (+)]
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 1, 2018 8:19 PM CST
J.R. pretty much covered it.

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