Monday, June 29, 2009
Herbs on a Berm
So here's the completed dead wood swale. As you can see- it looks like a small hill with herbs planted and then some mulch we freed from my neighbors bulk pick up. Or alternately- you would have no idea we buried a bunch of wood under here. Which I guess is the point. That herb on the end is citronella- the mosquito repellent. You can also see a stepping stone I made with some old broken pottery and cheap cement. I used a large plastic take-out container as the mold for that one- but it didn't work as well as the mold I bought to make stepping stones.
If digging a huge trench isn't your thing, you can also just make an above ground branch pile and put soil on it. Otherwise known as a hugelkultur. I like to call it a Hoggle after that gremlin from the Labyrinth. For some reason the 80s come up excessively in this blog. Hoggles are suppose to be great for growing potatoes. I am planning to try it next time since my last method of potato growing didn't work out too well.
"Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems."- The Labyrinth Tagline