Hugel Berm Completion! – What’s Next? – Partner the Water

With Summer Solstice, progress has shifted into high gear here as help and support materialized from several directions. First – with local organic-gardening student Michael Van Wie’s help, and a walloping load of composted horse manure from a Westminster, MD, farm, the hugel berm is complete – c’est fini! YES!

Layers: fresh compost, composted manure mixed with ripe compost, straw, forest compost of leaves/twigs (and mycelium!) and dried grasses, and topsoil from the trench.

It was quite a project, even with the two of us, as we were essentially sheet-mulching the mound: we combined the manure with mature compost (pulling out the potato plants first!) and layered this mix with plenty of fresh green compost to offset the nitrogen dema……

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