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I've recently started an RHS course at college and one thing we are doing is double digging and adding manure. This may sound like a strange question but does anybody have any advice re this and also digging trenches in general? For some reason I'm finding it quite hard to do the actual digging in an efficient way - in about 2 hrs I might only get 3 or 4 half strips done, in a marked off plot that is 2 by 3 m. I was wondering are there any techniques for digging and forking that could help? On the rest of the plot we're going to spread muck and then invert it.


  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Hi denno666 if you go on utube search double digging that will helpimage
  • Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109

    Lol, thanks Logan - I have been googling in what feels like desperation and yet somehow forgot about youtube imageimage

  • My neighbour is 82 and regularly reminds me that hard work isn't easy! image

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Double digging was what we did in Autumn from being old enough to hold a spade, as with any exercise you have to work at it until the time you can put your brain out of gear and it becomes easy. My Father always said let the spade do the work which means having the correct spade in the first place. They need to be measured to you, hight width  weight we are not all built the same, my spade is fifty years old after trying one or two. Letting the spade do the work means chop left, chop right, chop behind (mind your feet), then lever the sod free first then lift and throw breaking up each sod after throwing, you get into a rhythm imagine Strictly gardening. No it is not easy what activity ever is but very satisfying once you are in the right tempo thinking of the lovely rich patch you will have to sow your next summer produce. Good luck.


  • Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109
    Aww, thank you for that - your definitely right about the rhythm, I think I need to stop worrying about what everybody else is doing.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,272

    Pp, your neighbour isn't 82 at all. He's just been doing too much double digging.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Oh no!!!! He's really only 27! image

    He's great. Up at six, bed at ten and never stops between the two! His missis keeps him right! image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,530

    I've never double dug in my life and have never regretted it


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,530

    the Georgians used to dig in dead animals and fish remants. Doesn't mean they did any good. ditto "double digging"

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,530

    give me science backed, double blind evidence that it does any good.


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