Double-Digging a Garden Bed

I decided to try a new method this year for preparing my garden beds called double-digging.  The double-digging method requires removing the top 12 inches of soil so that you can loosen the soil below.  According to the experts, there are several reasons for taking the time to do this; better drainage, aeration of the soil, and it helps facilitate root penetration.

There are three key tools required for this method; a garden spade, round point shovel, and a spading fork. I started this process out using a garden spade to edge the garden bed. I drove the spade deep down into the soil re-establishing a new edge around the perimeter of the bed.

Garden Spade Edging a Garden Bed

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Time to Start the Seeds

Soil block with seed in it.

It’s that time of year again…time to start thinking about what you want to plant outside in a few weeks. This is extremely important when you are starting your own plants from seeds. When starting plants from seeds you always need to be thinking a few weeks in advance.

This year I decided to move my seed starting date out several weeks. Over the last few years I normally started my broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, and dill the first week of February, with a transplant date of the first week or two of March. Continue reading