In this video, E.G. shows us the anatomy of a hugel, thanks to a bunny who likes to dig.
This is one of the hugel mounds as it looked in April. I didn’t dig or till, but instead placed a cottonwood log, then sticks and branches, then upside down sod I had removed from another part of the yard, then it snowed, then mushroom compost and spent brewery grains topped it off.
Here it is today:
And here is a wildflower, Hibiscus trionum, I let grow in the garden because I just like it.
It’s not as hot and dry as Phoenix, Arizona, but almost. It probably is as dry actually. Some evenings we get an exciting T-storm but it’s just dry lightning, no rain. Still, I love our summers. I savor every moment outside in the aging radiation. But I also wear a mask when outside my house or backyard, which is an effective sunblock and I kind of wish I’d been wearing one for the past 30 years.
I also learned a lot from this midwestern gardening expert who discussed mistakes many growers (including me) have made during hot weather. To summarize:
- Don’t water during the heat of the day
- Don’t fertilize
- Don’t plant seeds directly in hot soil (oops, I planted beans, but they came up)
- Don’t leave ripe fruit on the plant
- If you have to deal with bugs, remove them manually – don’t spray anything on leaves
Here’s a lovely thunderhead that appeared toward the end of a picnic dinner the other night, which didn’t leave a drop of moisture.
And here’s my first video from the newly created Deathplow YouTube channel, filmed by 11-year-old EG, where I explain the disorderly nature of my garden and what weeds I like.
Next up, EG tells us about their first hugel. Cheers!