This past week I’ve been working on an epically large project. The ground has been dug up to about two feet to be lined with logs and fallen timber in a process of soil regeneration called hugelkultur.
It’s a simple concept. You’re taking carbon life forms and placing them into the soil to slowly decompose beneath your garden bed. The results can have a lasting effect for up to 20 years!
The bed I’ve created was lined with logs then filled with jade cuttings and branches from around the house yard. The next layer was compost. Topping that was a huge layer of seaweed which we collected from Greenhead. The seaweed took three trips to cover the entire bed. The last few steps involve topping the green matter with the soil that was dug out, then adding a final layer of compost and hay or mulch.
My body has pulled me through this process – surprisingly with little soreness. Overall exhaustion though was at an all-time high after I singlehandedly dug out the pit! This is definitely a job for multiple people.
Wesley has particularly taken to the pit. He’s also found great joy in all the mounds he can push his little dump truck over.
Only time will tell if the soil retains moisture – we’re going to let it settle and get some more decent rains on it before moving to the stage of planting.
All in all – this has been a thrilling project. I really can’t wait to see how the veggies grow!