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In the Hollyhock garden we do a pseudo double-digging technique which works very well for most vegetables, with the exclusion of root crops.
Dig another trench next to the trench you just placed compost into and put the soil you remove on top of the trench with compost in it.
Repeat these first three steps down the bed, digging trenches and filling them with compost until you reach the end of the bed. Take the soil from the first trench you dug and put it onto of the compost in the last trench.
Sprinkle the raked bed with lime and a mixture of alfalfa meal and rock phosphate. We use 4 parts alfalfa meal with one part rock phosphate. Rake this mixture into the top of the bed and gently tamp the sides of the bed to the desired shape.