Well, as much as I hoped for a 100% garden-work weekend, there was a little hitch. The garden shed has slowly been getting silted in, well past the foundation line, and we needed to dig out the foundation & add some trenches. So, that’s mostly done now, but it was another adventure with tree roots and the endless, endless rocks that pepper our soil.
In other news, the hugelkultur mound is producing some promising starts. It still looks dreadful, but I know the great vegetable explosion is imminent & then it will either be a sea of leaves or a sea of dead leaves. We’ll see. I harvested my first lettuce from the mound…one thing for sure, the loopers that have been decimating the lettuce in the traditional garden don’t seem to know that there’s lettuce out here. The heads are beautiful & mostly unscathed.
The slug attack has lightened up, and I think the DE and some Sluggo (organic slug deterrent) seems to have helped a lot.
And the swale that I dug has been completely effective in stopping the terrible runoff that normally makes part of the yard a muddy swamp. I feel pretty good about that. I think it might not be able to deal with one of our tropical deluges, but it might take the destructive force out of it, which would be great.
It’s also looking like a bumper blueberry crop year (knock on wood). Yay!