Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:06
I grow brassicas in a raised bed.
If I tell you what I do it may help' First I have a cultivater tool (3 pronged) which will break up lumps, then I rake level. then a use the 'blunt' end (ie put the rake upright and flat) and press the soil level, then I do go up and walk it as if making a lawn, then I throw on Chicken pooh pellets, press in again blunt end of rake then lightly rake again.
I have done this already, probably Jan/Feb as then I let the weather (rain) push and compress soil more. It is not disturbed again except for planting.
This is what I do - there are probably other gardeners who do it differently