A storm broke a tree limb so it seemed an appropriate time to start expanding Humphrey. Simple enough. Dug a hole. Filled the hole with the tree limb pieces & the original soil. Then mixed the remaining soil with some mostly composted cow manure & decayed wood fragments to top it off. Planted yelloweye beans in the new space. Might add a watermelon or two tomorrow. Rain is predicted for most of the next week so I'll try to dig up enough of an area to build another hump. Much easier to dig this soil when it's wet. There's a 120 foot maple tree nearby that fell last year. Plenty of wood!
Haven't watered the wild rice in about a month. It's still producing grains & birds still eat them all. Nothing else has been watered yet this year, except by rain. Since the last update there has been 6 or 8 grocery bags of chard, kale, & cabbage harvested from this project. Mostly chard. Gave it a mulch of about 20 large dried & crumbled comfrey plants today. The sunroots & tomatoes are getting large enough to almost completely hide the hump. Many young tomatoes on the vines. Started using some sticks to train the tomatoes off the hump so the other plants can grow too. They will need serious stakes soon. The last of the peas have been chopped down & the first squash was harvested earlier this week. Some beans are starting to climb. Corn, strawberries, & the elderberry are still doing their thing. There are some nice beets hiding among everything else. Might have to send search & rescue to harvest those. Threw some basil & oregano seeds on it a few days ago. Various flowers are almost ready to bloom.
If memory serves the original footprint was 49 square feet. Slightly larger now. It's now feeding 9 people on a regular basis. I prefer that over useless lawn any day!!!
Stay calm & hugel on.