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hugelhole experiment (aka less lawn more food)

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Two years ago a hugelhole was created. The beginning is documented here.

Last year sweet potatoes were grown there. Some volunteers returned this year. As did the calabrese. Each winter it had a thick pile of leaves & chickens to shred the leaves & drop fertilizer as chickens are prone to do.

Today more sweet potatoes were planted. The soil seems very good now. There's still some logs & wood chunks underneath. Some of the wood is exposed & needs to be covered up. That's what old cow pies & leaves are for, right? The comfrey is considerably larger & has been divided several times since day one. Today I added a piece of chain link fence for critter deterrence & to use as a trellis. Planted a tomato at each corner post. There's a small patch of beets in the corner between 2 comfreys. This year it will also be planted with a variety of pumpkins & melons & corn & squash & some beans so it could be interesting to watch the lawn get overrun with food. Or not. We shall see what happens!
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Love the idea. I’ve placed my comfrey in the middle with four tomatoes around it. Chop and walk away.
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