Double Digging

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One of the techniques I used in Nicaragua was double digging.  We dug quite deep, then added fertilizer to the bottom half of the trench, and added back in soil to cover the trench.  We also inverted the soil as we went along, as a result of which there were no weed seeds in the top 4" of soil.  When it was all done, we left the trench 2" below the level of the surrounding soil so watering was easy (this was the beginnning of the dry season). 

 

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