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Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 13:09

We would need to ask one of the Agricultural Colleges Hostafan and what would it prove as we all have different soil, I live on a brick clay area and had to double dig to get through building rubble compounded clay from machinery (we bought new build 30 years ago) then loosen up the under clay to allow drainage, luckily we live at the top of a bank so the drainage went down hill across a falling field to a beck, double double digging. Most around went the other way building up with raised boxes and such. With many loads of manure from the farm plus digging in paper clothing the odd rabbit dead bird and an old dog we got a manageable garden. My Dad had a sand hill under his garden and was nearly two hundred years old with masses of manure from the start his top soil was three feet deep and yet with experience from years of digging he knew to double dig the root bed which with rotation meant every five years the same part got double dug then sometimes left fallow for a year. I never even after all my work got vegetables like he did so was that a good test, was it the soil, the masses of horse manure we used at home or just good husbandry on Dads part, we do not know and all the scientists could come up with different results, why change something that works I ask?

Frank.

Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 12:27

Depends on what you are growing them for, show roots needed even then a tap root as long as the main body and showing was one of Dads hobbies along with his beloved Chrysanthemums and boxing he would go and watch all the boxing matches locally including my school, no H&S then. I would have thought it common sense not to dig near trees or shrubs our fruit trees were wall trained around three sides of the garden with a small orchard separate never dug. There are always more than one way to crack an egg, gardening is one of those pursuits with more opinions on  how to do things than any other, take the easy route and get a crop, do it right and get a super crop, it is up to each person how they do it and as mentioned above there are no easy ways if you want the best.

Frank.

Double digging!

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 10:45

David is correct, my father only did the double digging on the root bed, he used a rotation method so the root bed moved year by year. It allowed us to grow long perfectly straight veg which won him prizes at the local show. We did not use modern grow them in pipes back then. We also had a midden for our horse manure and compost so that bed got well fed. Potato's have to be earthed up so no point in double digging. Dad an old fashioned gardener fed the family and extended family from our large garden with a little help from me, he did not believe in wasting his time so used the double digging method once in a year on one plot in the rotation, to him it was common sense and good gardening, end of lesson.

Frank

Talkback: How to store herbs in ice cubes

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:34

Done it for years what is new about it, saves going out to the herb garden on cold wet days.

Frank.

Wot's it all about.....?

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:30

Watching a programme about weather where samples were taken from ice trees rock and bogs our old world has been up and down like a yo yo. I well remember some very cold winters but the one a couple of years back with snow from November to March must count as the worst. Also known hot summers which seem to have vanished now. A bitter winter in 1940 was followed by a long hot summer and the Battle of Britain. 1944-5 was terrible then a hot summer, there have been many since with just downright miserable winters and summer. No one can predict them and personally think we have no influence over the weather what ever we do, Mother Nature does her own thing, why do we all think we can do a King Canute, he failed.

Frank

Double digging!

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 14:16

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.

Frank

Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:39

Thanks SGL looking forward to the birth. PP, there are no rules as I well remember being told all the things I had not to do when visiting relatives, I of course broke all the rules immediately. My grandchildren come in totally relaxed, no do nots mean they do not feel hemmed in. Parents do need rules though my own children still say they never heard raised voices and were never hit by me. I did enough shouting on barrack squares and had I hit them being big and strong they would have been beheaded so it never happened.

Frank

Strictly is back!

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:07

Kelly, Georgia, Helen Anita and Jay will rise to the top and fight it out although the GBP can throw a spanner in the works. Kirsty was second lowest Jamelia did the better dance off but should never have been in it.

Frank

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 16:01

Thank you for the congrats one very loved baby will find no rules in my house plus a doting g/granddad.

Frank

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 15:53

David needs must, I have plenty of time young people with children have not, they can be forgiven for taking short cuts. Katie was given terrible music yet gave of her best in a dance that did not suit her style at least the judges understood and marked her up. Let it be Jeremy or Carole tonight.

Frank.

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