Tamping the Dirt Around the Cuttings
The setting out of cuttings is completed by tamping the dirt rather firmly about them, either with the foot or with a tamper like the one here shown. It is well to stir the surface subsequently with an ordinary rake to loosen the soil at the surface, so that it will not "bake." The picture shows also a typical wooden marker, which in this case records that the cuttings are the roots of Standard stoneless plums.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 3 Chapter 4