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Post by Chilli-head 6th February 2022, 11:17 am

I started digging up the Hugelkultur bed yesterday.  

Pear wood, considered too rotten to burn, a bit more crumbly but still recognisable.
Conifer root balls, still pretty much undecayed.
Ash log, about 2' long.  Ash, which if left outdoors rots as you look at it ! Almost unchanged.

I guess this is why we have preserved Viking ships from ship burials.  Wood does not rot at all quickly if buried.  What a useless growing system !  I will leave the remaining wood on the surface in a pile in the no-man's land beyond the plot, where beetles and fungi can enjoy it.

I also cut down the raspberry canes, and mulched them with manure.  Turned the compost bin, it is looking like good stuff. Came back and split and stacked a car boot full of oak logs.  

Ache a bit this morning.


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Post by Dandelion 6th February 2022, 4:14 pm

Do you think Hugelkultur hasn't been tried and tested enough? Maybe it looked good on paper...
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Post by Florence 8th February 2022, 6:53 pm

Nice to know I'm not the only one who failed then. And I can compost with the best of them but this theory failed me.
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Post by Chilli-head 19th February 2022, 11:13 pm

Well, I made use of the best bit of today to go to the lotty - not too ravaged by the storms. I spread more manure, and dug out the couch grass encroaching on the blackcurrants. Not looking too bad on the whole.

I still have the remains of my kale - we had a lot off it already, but left enough for it to continue growing maybe ? And some PSB which seems to be sitting there doing nothing much - sown in April last year, planted out, I have healthy looking plants but no spears as yet - when are they supposed to perform ? Might they still produce in early spring ? I never quite know what I'm doing with brassica.
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Post by Ploshkin 23rd February 2022, 3:57 pm

There's no action in my garden yet though I have put broad beans, carrot seeds and potatoes in the tunnel. My garden is currently partially buried under 2 large larch trees one courtesy of storm Eunice and the other storm Franklin. They haven't done any damage apart from flattening a load of snowdrops.
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Post by Dandelion 24th February 2022, 1:57 pm

What a relief that your house is OK, and that you are too.
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