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The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's CompanionEssential Writings$
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Liberty Hyde Bailey, John Stempien, and John Linstrom

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740237

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.001.0001

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How to Make a Garden—Digging in the Dirt

How to Make a Garden—Digging in the Dirt

Chapter:
(p.59) How to Make a Garden—Digging in the Dirt
Source:
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion
Author(s):
John A. Stempien, John Linstrom
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740237.003.0014

Continuing from the essay, "How to Make a Garden-The First Lesson," this chapter focuses on the rationale for and techniques of tilling and using the soil as a natural mulch. Bailey notes that if this exercise is done just for necessity, it becomes labor. With a shift of perspective and understanding, however, this activity too is alive with the garden-sentiment. "You will hear the plants laugh. The soil will have a new meaning to you."

Keywords:   tilling, soil, water, mulch, gardening

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