The view from the window in mid April doesn’t tell much about the plantings, but if you look closely you will see a few cut up log pieces along the back of the garden. Our neighbors had a tree come down and shared their logs with us. The Hugel has begun. The Hugel is our hugelkultur effort to control standing water in the garden. We’ll see how it works.
May arrives with the green of spring. It looks like plants have survived the winter, and the Hugel is taking shape with additional logs collected from friends.
Towards the end of May you get a clear idea of the construction of the Hugel.
A mere month later and the view from the window shows that the Hugel logs are covered by 8 yards of a soil and compost mix, and Mr. Demers and his crew have put in a beautiful stone wall to turn the practical, functional Hugel into a beautiful space. Additional soil was spread in front of the stone wall to help correct the grade, and aid in drainage. Also, again, notice carefully the bed to the right where several heucheras have been planted. The bed and the curves have been enlarged, allowing for a few new plants.
Another month has passed during which we did not do too much, because we were also busy all month with the kitchen/bath/laundry room renovation. However, we could not let a month go by without a bit more progress. Hence the enlargement and curves of the river birch bed and the weeping cherry bed. As usual, we used the lasagna method. Curves will need to be refined, and perhaps a little more widening of the beds.
What will have been accomplished by the end of August? All interior work will have been done. Maybe we will have figured out how to handle the area in front of the stone wall. We are not done yet. Well, a garden is never done, is it?