Definition of tilth in English:



mass noun
  • 1Cultivation of land; tillage.

    1. 1.1in singular The condition of tilled soil, especially in respect to suitability for sowing seeds.
      ‘he could determine whether the soil was of the right tilth’
      • ‘Rotating corn with forages on minesoils is encouraged because soil tilth rapidly improves with forage cover.’
      • ‘Crop residue has a nutrient value and will catch snow, reduce evaporation, increase infiltration, and improve soil tilth.’
      • ‘Good soil tilth is still a prerequisite for effective one-pass incorporation.’
      • ‘It is glomalin that gives soil its tilth - a subtle texture that enables experienced farmers and gardeners to judge great soil by feeling the smooth granules as they flow through their fingers.’
      • ‘Putting carbon in the soil improves tilth, soil structure, nutrient retention, rooting depth and stability.’
      • ‘Heavy repeated applications of manure and/or sludge increase soil fertility and enhance the tilth of minesoils.’
      • ‘They reduce soil erosion, improve soil tilth, help reduce pesticide use, and enhance agricultural profitability.’
      • ‘This he mows and lets decay, allowing the organic matter to break down, improving tilth.’
      • ‘Historically, when forages were part of the rotation, crop rotations positively affected nutrient release and improved tilth.’
      • ‘This organic matter helps to maintain good tilth, helps to hold moisture, and acts as a storehouse for plant nutrients.’
      • ‘Continuous cropping on these soils has meant declining organic matter and tilth, and increased susceptibility to drought and other adverse conditions such as erosion.’
      • ‘Peter's whole farm is like a research farm where he tries different cover crops and studies their effect on insect populations as well as the tilth of his soil.’
      • ‘Prior to planting, remove all perennial weeds and till in a 1- to 2-inch layer of compost, applying it more liberally where soil tilth or fertility are less than optimum.’
      • ‘Intense ultraviolet radiation, especially at higher elevations, damages soil tilth.’
      • ‘Some of the claims being made for gypsum include: improving high pH soils by lowering pH; increasing the ratio of calcium to magnesium; and improving soil tilth and permeability.’
    2. 1.2 Prepared surface soil.
      ‘the final levelling of a tilth’
      • ‘Gypsum is inexpensive so use as much as you need to loosen up your tilth.’
      • ‘The land should be well ploughed to the depth of 15 cm to 20 cm, and harrowed to provide reasonable tilth and good ridges.’
      • ‘The gap created by the jagged edge which is now further into the lawn should be filled with garden soil, sifted to a fine tilth.’
      • ‘Prepare the ground by digging in plenty of organic matter, work this into a fine tilth, level it, and lay out your plants.’
      • ‘In general, the same seed bed preparations are recommended for velvet bean as for maize, but a fine tilth is not essential.’
      • ‘The soil has to be either specifically-designed seed-raising mix when growing them in pots or punnets, or a well-worked, light, fertile tilth when growing in garden beds.’
      • ‘When the jungle was cleared out back and laid to turf I told the blokes to rotavate all the bulbs into the tilth and let them take their chances.’
      • ‘Rake soil first to a fine tilth and don't forget to label the rows.’
      • ‘Usually, a pass is made with a rolling cultivator to bust up the clods and make for a finer tilth.’
      • ‘Select a sheltered, well-lit spot with a well-drained soil and dig over the earth to remove all weeds, before raking the surface to establish a fine, level tilth.’
      • ‘Since the tilth isn't terribly fine the crops will be those which don't mind a few lumps and bumps - potatoes, beans, peas and courgette mostly.’
      • ‘With the ground raked to a final tilth, and working from boards on the turf side of the job (so as not to walk on the newly-prepared ground), the turfs are rolled out and butted together as tightly as possible.’
      • ‘So you'll be out in the garden with a spade for the rest of the day, working up a fine tilth, or whatever?’
      • ‘This is a good time to put some effort into the less glamorous side of gardening, although creating the perfect tilth can be rewarding in itself.’


Old English tilth, tilthe, from tilian (see till).