Digging the bed - instructions

Digging the bed - instructions

The digging prepares the bed for the new planting season. Guidance will help to facilitate the project and its implementation.

The digging of beds is important for soil aeration. Another positive aspect is that weeds mingle with deeper layers of earth when they are cut. This provides nutrients and humus for the plants.

1. Is digging necessary?

Mulching is often better with an already grown vegetable patch. This protects the microcosm in the earth. For newly created beds a digging makes sense. In addition to mulching, we recommend loosening the soil. Well suited for this is the so-called sow tooth, a one-hand cultivator.

2. Choosing the Right Time

The best time to dig is either in the fall or in the spring. For the fall, it says that the inverted earth lies on the surface in winter. This promotes a fine-grained soil and facilitates work in the garden bed.

Many hobby gardeners prefer the spring to loosen and dig up the soil. The argument for the months of March or April is that creatures that reach the Earth's surface by digging up are not exposed to the cold season of the autumn as they are being digged up.

3. Prepare the right tool

In order to dig up the bed without too much effort, the appropriate tool is required in addition to instructions. These include a spade and sturdy shoes. This is important to occasionally stand with the foot on the spade and thus increase the pressure when digging.

4. Selecting the type of recessing

When digging, there are two variants: the simple and the double digging. When double digging, the depth of the Umstechens is twice as much as in the simple Umstechen. The depth at the simple Umstechen is about a Spatentiefe. The double digging is only necessary for clay soils, otherwise simple digging is sufficient.

5. Digging for Accurate Instruction

In order to keep an overview, it makes sense to dig up the instructions. A mental division of the bed in several rows is helpful. The digging of the rows takes place in the so-called zigzag method. In this process one after the other digs over and the earth is always shoveled on the same side.

6. The excavated trenches in the bedfill fill

The cut out earth serves to fill the next ditch. Repurposed weeds, compost and humus provide the soil with nutrients. The excavation of the first trench fills the last row at the end. Depending on the bed size, a wheelbarrow is recommended for transporting the excavation.

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