Paul, Fred, Jen, Josiah, and Orin continue to discuss the construction of hugeluculture beds at Allerton Abbey.
Lots of ideas are thrashed around. Should the topsoil mixed with subsoil or not? Should they be built from ground level? Or is it better to dig down? Non linear shapes have great value, but linear are faster to build. Jen wants to build the best possible hugelculture bed rather than more of them, but diversity and experimentation are key. Wheaton labs is for experiments and everyone's ideas can be tried.
Paul again stresses the need to keep things iterative in permaculture design and extols the virtues of designing on the fly. It's said that the best fertiliser for any garden is the gardener's shadow. But there's no gardener until there's a place to garden, so he wants get those earthworks done within the next three weeks.
The equipment needed to do the work is a bit elderly and tends to break down and need a month or five to get it operating again. It's important to plan carefully and get best use of the excavator before it breaks down. A skilled driver saves diesel and time and is 100 times faster than doing the same work by hand. Josiah has been declared the designated driver as he's the most experienced. Did Fred really piss in anyone's shoes or did I just mis-hear that bit? Paul would like to optimize so that a 7ft hugelculture can be constructed using 1/4 of the diesel. He stresses that it's important to not let perfection be the enemy of the good. Soil can be improved, but get the earthworks done now.
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