A little update on my fake hugelkultur projects. The flowerbed/perennial garden is coming slowly. It seems every time something new pops up the snow comes back to try to kill it. It's a long wait between new arrivals that I recognize. I am killing two birds with one stone though. I started bringing buckets of wood chips up from the basement (they need to be cleaned out every year), and I'm using them as mulch/fertilizer/topsoil over the firewood and around the plants. The path is slow going, and I've had to move it once already, as more plants came up.
The currants are now completely surrounded by old firewood, just waiting for some compost.
And, my latest project... Something I hadn't even considered doing before, a raised bed/hugelkultur combo. I've been watching these videos from survival podcast. My parents have been cleaning up the deadfall through the trees around their house. They offered us some free firewood. Some of it has been sitting so long that it's very waterlogged and punky. Perfect for hugelkultur. And some of it is newer, long, and straight. Perfect for building.
hay feeder out of logs last fall, I have the methodology down. The only cost will be some spikes.
I already have plans to put those back breaking beans in it! It almost makes me look forward to picking them this year.
And here's a super mini hugelkultur project. As I transplanted the tomatoes again, I put about two inches of bark in the bottom of each pot. I'm hoping that will help when I inevitably forget to water them.