June 9, 2012

Homestead Update

In previous post I had mentioned how busy we have been. Sometimes seeing is believing so here are a few pictures of the projects I have been working on.

This is before. Nothing but grass in the right corner.

This is after......so far

Here is a closer picture of the raised bed and walkway. I'm still filling the cracks with sand. I was able to gather up some beautiful river rocks from nearby and place them in between the beds and walkway to give it a nice and relaxing look.

This is the additional raised bed I was preparing for hugelkultur." Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc. As the years pass, the deep soil of your raised garden bed becomes incredibly rich and loaded with soil life. As the wood shrinks, it makes more tiny air pockets - so your hugelkultur becomes sort of self tilling." I wanted to dig a hole deep enough that way I wouldn't end up with a mound for a raised bed, but after Lenny took a gander at my hole decided to make it a secondary pond to the initial one we had dug. Because this is smaller in size the materials to complete the project will cost us less. The liner for the initial pond we had dug was going to run us around $600. Yikes!

For more information on hugelkulture feel free to check out http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

For any questions or suggestions feel free to leave a comment or e-mail us at thehomesteadjones@yahoo.com.

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