This method of cultivation is often adopted to facilitate drainage and evaporation on wet soils, especially in the north of England. This differs from rough digging in that the lumps, instead of being thrown up to form a level surface, are made to describe a series of ridges. On sloping land the ridges should run up and down the slope, so as to allow the furrows to act as surface drains. Ridging increases the degree of weathering by exposing a larger area of surface to weather influences.

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