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(in gardening) digging in which only the topsoil is turned over, to the depth of one spit.
- ‘Another important factor to be considered is that any single digging project can have multiple stages.’
- ‘The principles are much the same as for single digging, but the trench cut is twice as deep and wide.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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