Dan Fish wrote:My first year garden beds started off great but in the dry heat of a Mediterranean summer they ended up "eating" all my organic matter and reverting to heavy clay and became hard as a rock and dry as a bone 6 inches below the surface. Water would just turn the top few inches under the mulch to slop without penetrating further. So the beds are gonna get huglified. I know this will help but I ran outta time last year. I plan on digging down about a foot below grade and filling with wood (and all the other stuff) to about a foot above. Then topping with about 4-6 inches of soil.
Jarret Hynd wrote:my experience with half-buried logs is not quite the same. As I live in a temperate desert, maybe with similar spring/summer conditions to OP, the log is always in a state of wicking up moisture from the soil which is then taken from the log by all the hot ,dry winds. This not only dries up the surrounding soil but keeps the logs from decaying