One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in gardening) digging of an area in parallel trenches two spits deep, burying the soil of each upper spit in the bottom of the next trench.
- ‘Landscaping was done last summer and double digging of the beds to prepare for planting,’ she explained.’
- ‘The problem is that walking on earth compacts it, causing a need for deep double digging in spring to get the air back in the soil.’
- ‘Though he knows it can benefit the soil, he doesn't bother with double digging.’
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