Update on the new hugelkultur bed

A0F7399B-80BE-4591-9590-B2A5E47DB16EI have finally had a chance to finish the new bed; thanks to some help from my daughters and a friend. After much carrying of wood chunks, shoveling of manure and frequent stops to rest, we have planted the first half of the bed with broccoli and ceylon spinach (which I just happened to have a lot of).

The grass on the path has been smothered with cardboard and I will rake up some gum leaves to cover it with soon. The pig poop (composted) was shoveled into an old bin and lifted into the bed over the period of about a week. Spread over the pile of sticks it has made a really rich bed, even though it is still composting and so is putting out a bit of heat. The broccoli seedlings seem to appreciate the extra heat, even though they are planted into a double handful of potting mix in the hole (because I was worried about the pig poop being too hot for them).

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Our big pile of pig poop

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Happy little seedlings

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The newspaper and cardboard path

I am loving having some new space to plant and it promises to be as easy care as the other hugelkultur beds. I guess it’s on to the next project; the trailer bed needs some TLC.

The first Hugelkultur bed is powering on. I do love this style of gardening. The rest of this post is made up of photos of my powering garden….for inspiration…mine.

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Seedlings all ready to be planted out. My seedling raising area is going well this year.

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A late pumpkin vine….I might be lucky

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Madagascar beans on their way up some well placed sticks

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A riot of productivity

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The tamarillo is producing fruit….one at a time

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Late corn….it’s flowering

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First planting and new deep litter

Today has been fairly productive in the garden.
My mostly-absent partner brought home two bales of straw for animal bedding and an expensive bag of blood and bone last night. This morning the rabbit, the chooks and the out of season chicks got new bedding along with the sheep shelter that was cleaned out yesterday.

New deep litter for the chooks

My daughter and I also collected another barrow load of wood for the next stretch of Hugelkultur bed and I planted the first few plants in the finished bed after spreading some expensive blood and bone.

Bandit thought it smelled pretty good