Definition of single digging in English:

single digging


  • [mass noun] (in gardening) digging in which only the topsoil is turned over, to the depth of one spit.

    • ‘The principles are much the same as for single digging, but the trench cut is twice as deep and wide.’
    • ‘As in single digging, weeds are removed during the process.’
    • ‘This follows the same method as single digging, but after removing each trench, the soil below is turned before filling back up with soil from the next strip.’
    • ‘Another important factor to be considered is that any single digging project can have multiple stages.’
    • ‘In most cases, only single digging is needed, but it's a useful way of cultivating soil in new gardens and where deep top-soil is required.’