Casie Becker wrote:I've only one attempt under my belt, but I had best results with sweet potatoes the first season. They're a very forgiving plant, and any that I wasn't able to pull from between decaying wood became valuable organic matter.
If you have enough funds/seeds, maybe you could start multiple species at a close spacing and then thin out any plants that aren't thriving. Stop the thinning when you achieve optimal spacing and you'd be left with the best adapted plants, probably in a poly culture.
Ray Ko wrote:I'm in Virginia, also, and raised mounds do not work for me. No matter how I layer and stuff them, they dry out. Burying the wood up to ground level works well. A single layer of logs on the surface works, but not as well as planting in the ground by itself. 4-5 foot tall mounds only work as snake/mice motels or as a way to conceal stumps, brush, contrary kinfolk, or other unsightly things.