Spade in soil
Have started my own allotment now, and will keep posting pix on here as the project progresses.
Because there was a very big waiting list for people wanting to take up a pot, Wheatley and Holton Allotment Association ploughed some virgin soil to extend the plot down the side nearer to Ladder Hill.
Which is great - starting from a clean slate - but also bad, because the soil is tougher, the weeds more persistent, and their seeds everywhere. So my first mission is to 'double dig' ie. dig even deeper to make sure I suppress the weeds properly....
Photo: Double digging my allotment for good measure.
What is double-digging? Double digging involves loosening the soil more than 12 inches down. This creates conditions under which plants' roots thrive.
Why should you double-dig? Double digging aerates the deeper layers of your garden's soil. This allows your plants to grow bigger and more vigorously because they have room for their roots! It also improves drainage greatly, which is very important for healthy plants. Double-digging is the first step in creating the most productive garden bed possible.