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Ploughing can be performed both manually and with mechanical tools, and they should be done rotating the cultivations before the weeks close to the sowing season. Usually late fall or before turning on the whole implant is the right moment to get the soil ready to production. Fertilization is improved by sinking the spade or the rototiller deep in the ground to move and mix the soil. In this way it also clears the area removing residuals and roots that could suffocate the new plants. Once the area has been spaded you can add the fertilizer and break the bigger clods and clumps into smaller pieces. Once the soil has been completely flipped over, if the procedure is part of the winter season preparation, some manure should be spread on the surface so that the rain will let the substances get absorbed in order to feed the new plants when the sowing is over. After a few days of irrigation the area should be cleared from weeds that would grow in the meantime. Once the preparation is over, the ground warmed up by the heat of spring, the area is ready to be cultivated with the most preferred technique.
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Grooving or digging holes is the most common technique to sow vegetables plants, aligning the holes in order to make them clear and recognizable once the seeds start to bud. Once the seeds are placed in position on the rifts, they should be covered and the soil needs to be raked and compressed a little to fix the seeds in position. When they bud, the strongest newborn will last, the weakest will be removed and replanted somewhere else, in order to let the main one grow without being suffocated. Scatter sowing is used when willing to spread seeds using a sowing machine or doing it by hand, opening up your arms with circular movements large and wide. This requests experience. Usually, seeds are mixed with a little bit of soil to make the seeding more consistent.
Once the seeds are spread, or located in holes and rifts, the area has to be covered with soil and usually manure or other fertilizers, at least in a measure of three times the dimension of the seeds. This will prevent any unwelcome movement form external agents, such as wind, rain or animals, to affect the results of the seeding procedure. In the following weeks, the soil must be kept wet and and clear from any weed which could be harmful for the new plants. Raking will be needed if necessary depending on how the ground will look like after irrigation.