I have gathered my supplies, and was thinking I would start my first layer as leaves, instead of paper and cardboard. Then follow up with the bigger wood.... etc..
I am not digging out, to drop my Hugel beds. Max, i have 10 inches of "topsoil" that is probably half clay (very slippery stuff) with gray clay below that. Long story short I am not going to dig in the muck and make a puddle, just to fill it unless someone tells me i am making a mistake.