Dale Hodgins wrote:Since you're surrounded by grass, it might be wise to lay out some old boards or a thick mulch to prevent it from invading. Keep us posted as it matures.
susan stone wrote:Hi Simon,
Congratulations on your accomplishment. Love your pictures and your enthusiasm. I've just built my first hugelkultur too in SW Michigan (zone 6) and appreciate the challenge of making it up as you go along. This is at a vacation home, so I'm only there on long weekends - most of them during the summer, one or two/month the rest of the year. Mine is now sprouting a cover crop very nicely and I'm looking forward to dreaming and planning all winter for spring planting.
I'd like to know how you planted the tree and any other woody and perennial plants, because it looks like you have the same few inches of soil over the logs as I do. I'm hoping to plant several blue berries, flowers and some of the perennial vegetables I've read about. I currently grow lots of perennial flowers and shrubs in conventional beds, so I'm pretty optimistic about getting these started. But it's hard for me to visualize what I'll do with root balls and crowns of perennials when I hit the wood underneath. All suggestions are very welcome.
Sean Benedict wrote:That's a pretty impressive first effort! Much better than my sad little thing.
I'm jealous of your foot of top soil. Here in MD, I can't dig down further than about 3 or 4 inches before I hit clay. That doesn't stop me from digging down a foot, but I have to bring in a lot of soil for covering.
I'll be really curious to see how this thing fares after winter. I had a few holes develop from voids I left in the wood pile.