In order to keep the home fires burning (and DW as chuffed as can be) we set aside some time to replenish the wood heap.
A fallen tree, that had been started upon by the previous owners, was targeted for clean up and it yielded a surprising amount of well seasoned, mostly solid, firewood. The trunk (photo 5) would be a metre (3’) in diameter and had been cut for stepping stones or seats, which in my mind is a bit of a waste of good timber – I’d have attempted to cut it into planks if it had been me – but it wasn’t, maybe next time now that I’m driving the bus!
There’s easily another truck load of firewood left amongst the grass, and including the trunk but after that, the only thing left will be the canopy and I’m thinking there’s a lot of excellent material there to quickly decompose and form a lovely, high Organic Matter (OM) garden bed full of busy bacteria and in particular active fungi. I’ll finally get to practice Hugelkultur, and in a BIG way too. :-)
So begins the start of the garden expansion at Messmate Farm which I’ll detail in the next journal. Next journal? Purely because I’ve used up the allotted photo space with photos of the Little Truck that did so well enjoying retirement on the farm!
Very early stages; Heck! It’s actually a before shot!