genegerue at ruralize.com
Mon Apr 2 09:21:17 EDT 2007
On Apr 1, 2007, at 5:38 PM, Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
> I used to be a true devotee of Bro.
> John Jeavons and dug those 4' wide 24" deep trenches with a shovel,
> he too recommends loosening the bottom with a fork). Experience
> gave my
> grave misdoubts about the use of such extreme digging.
Let us reason it out. What are the possible benefits of deep digging?
I can think of superior drainage, aeration, superior root
penetration. Anything else, save archeological finds? As James notes,
four to six inches, certainly eight inches, is all most roots need. I
grow nothing that needs 24" for roots. Seriously deep-rooted plants,
say alfalfa, are very strong and push their roots through native,
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