Shaping the

The bed should be shaped before adding fertilizers. If your soil is in good condition, use a rake to shape the bed into a mound. The soil will not easily wash off or erode from beds shaped in this manner, once the structure of the soil is improved. while you are still improving the structure of heavy clay soils, you may want to form a flat-topped bed with a small lip on the outer edges of the bed. This will minimize erosion caused by watering. The sides of the bed should have about a 30-degree slope; a sharper angle will encourage erosion. when you have shaped the bed, tamp the soil down before planting, if necessary, by placing the digging board on all parts of the

  • Left) Raking soil outward from the inside for a lip; raking the soil up from the side for a lip.
  • Left) Raking soil outward from the inside for a lip; raking the soil up from the side for a lip.

bed and walking across the board. If you add a lip to the bed, do it after tamping down the soil.

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