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This is a topic that can bring otherwise sane gardeners to blows. Yes, the ground can be damaged by digging. Probably much more importantly, a lot of damage can be done with a tiller because you have a motor helping you out. The damage is much greater when the ground is wet, and you should never use a tiller on muddy ground.

At the same time, I think it's impossible to garden without some digging, and in my case the heavy clay ground makes it impossible for me to garden without a tiller. I hope to use it less over time as I add more compost, and maybe stop using it completely at some point.

It's all a matter of doing the best you can with what you've got. It's not practical for everyone to used raised beds, which is the only way to virtually eliminate digging.

I agree Patrick

What I like about gardening is that there are so many ways to skin the proverbial Cat.

Of course we could all consider getting the pig to do the work:)

All the best

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