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Preparing soil

Gardener Jonathan Riggers prepares the beds for planting David Austin roses in a new English border—just one of many new disease-resistant additions to the Rose Garden this year.

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Love the fence. Where is it from? thank you! -
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I am sure it is custom fabricated.
October 2, 2012 at 7:14am   
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Prepare soil for planting. When I began working at Sunset magazine, one fall years ago, my first job was pushing wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow full of composted ground bark and dumping it on beds being prepared for planting. Not really understanding why, I just did what the head gardener told me. He was a rough-hewn, cigar-chomping, plain-talking, lovely guy who had learned his trade tending country estates in Woodside, California, for elite San Francisco coffee-making families. His precise and measured techniques were based on traditional English methods, and they worked, judging by Sunset's lavish spring beds in those days. I’m guessing that the folks at Filoli Mansion and Gardens in Woodside prepare their magnificent beds the same way. The lost art of digging a planting bed:• Pull or dig out flowers and weeds. • Make sure that the soil's moisture level is right; the soil should be moist but not drippy with water when squeezed. • Use a spade, spading fork or tiller to turn over the whole bed to the depth of a spade. Break up clods as you go. • Smooth the surface with an iron rake. Then pile on the organic matter (ground bark, compost etc.) to a depth of at least 2 or 3 inches — the amount needed still surprises me. • Sprinkle on slow-release food or whatever fertilizer your local nursery recommends. • Work all this in with a spade or another tool to a depth of 6 or 8 inches. Rake the whole bed smooth again. It's ready for planting!

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