Nice pics Bryan,
You might want to put a 1'' layer of mulched leaves on the soil surface to hold in a bit of moisture. This also prevents the dirt from splashing up on the leaves and stem during a rain and will help prevent disease too.
Thanks, I have a few patches in the woods that I have been checking on, the plus for me there is that I can see them from the house. The little two pronger in the pic is from a one year old rootlet that I planted in the fall. Have a several nice ones starting to come up. Dont have to worry abut anyone \"checking\" my beds as I dont have many neighbors and no one around here hunts ginseng that I know of and I have ask alot of people in my area. I will try to put some more pics soon.