Nature provides – a wild harvest

What a wonderful day I had yesterday! Simply glorious. šŸ˜€ I managed to get myself a littleĀ sunburned (not so good šŸ˜¦ ) and I achieved heaps in the garden too. And most fun of all I scored an absolute heap of free food! šŸ˜€

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Hugels in the making

I’ve blogged before (here,Ā here, here, here, here, here, andĀ here) about our ongoing hugelkultur experiments. Hugelkultur literally means “hill culture” and they are raised garden beds built up upon a base of logs. The variations that you may find between them is using logs to line the base of a standard edged garden bed, creating the traditional hill from the logs and covering it with the various layers of nitrogen and compost, building them into dug out areas (great for extra water holding in arid areas), circles, lines, 2 foot high hugels or 6 foot high ones. Anything goes really, but the basic model is the wood in some form in the base to rot down. You can even mulch it although you do need more nitrogen to compensate for the greater surface area of the carbon layer. šŸ™‚

Our first hugelkultur beds growing peas, beans, strawberries, raspberries, chard, a peach tree and more.

Our first hugelkultur beds growing peas, beans, strawberries, raspberries, chard, a peach tree and more.

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Gardening between the showers

It’s rather soggy around here at the moment due to a fairly substantial amount of rain (17mm this month) that has been falling this week. Aside from the gale-force winds and sideways rain the weather has been simply delightful. šŸ˜‰ Continue reading

Seeds

Yesterday was spent in the garden again. This time it was time to plant some seeds. šŸ˜€ Continue reading