Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening: Double Digging a French Intensive Raised Bed

The traditional raised bed vegetable garden does not need an expensive wooden frame, and is the most “green”, sustainable, and productive way of growing vegetables on the planet. Used in Europe and China for thousands of years to provide maximum yield with minimum inputs of labor, fertilizer and water.

3 Responses to “Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening: Double Digging a French Intensive Raised Bed”

  1. WisVeggieGardeners Reply November 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    it is a lot of work but you are right it pays for it self for months to come

  2. Thank you for your comment. To answer your question: rototilling creates a hardpan just below the level reached by the tines, caused by your weight and the weight of the tiller. Tilling typically loosens 8-12″ of soil, double digging loosens 20″ of soil. This lets you plant much closer together, as plant roots grow straight down rather than hitting the hardpan and growing sideways into each other.

  3. Wouldnt rototilling do the same thing?