That's cool. I am downsizing for various reasons this year so no big garden. That cherry tomato plant is a Lizzano. Only gets to be about 2 feet high and wide. In addition, it is semi-determinate. I am excited to see how the plant produces throughout the season.
Turns out, 3 strawberry plants in hugel containers made it through the winter. I spent yesterday morning cruising the Amish greenhouses for a preview of stock. I picked up a couple more everbearing plants and a gift for a friend.
It has been raining off and on over the last couple of days. Yesterday afternoon, I took a stroll out to the back and found 4 wild ones from runners have appeared. Today I am going to work on compiling them all together in a row or patch. My early lettuce has sprouted and I have my straw bales cooking. I am so happy to be on the verge of growing season.
We had a late frost this spring and then it turned HOT (we had a hard frost and then two days of over 100°F within a week) so our garden is behind. We finally got some plants transplanted, though, so we're at least making some progress.
The layout of the hugels is in the shape of a "U" with the two legs pointing north (up hill) to catch water.
The wood chip and thick manure/straw mulch seems to be working wonderfully despite the drought (<3/4" of rain this year so far); the ground is holding moisture VERY well and the earthworms are going crazy. The soil beneath the mulch is extremely dark, rich, and smells amazing.
Let me know if you can't see the pics.
This shows us transplanting a tomato. Notice the contrast between the straw and the dirt - the pic definitely doesn't do it justice. The soil is such a dark brown as to be almost black, holds together extremely well, and smells almost sweet.
And this shows the west side of the east hugel. We planted the "leafy greens" here because the west-facing slopes are shaded for a longer portion of the day than the rest of the garden (there is a tree to the west of the garden). This pic shows purple lettuce and kale. On the flat are 12 tomato plants.
So far we have tomatoes, kale, lettuce, sweet onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, and squash planted. The cucumbers are the only things that have sprouted so far, unfortunately.
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deadstarsstillburn: but I do not need to heat all of it by any means. probably only need to heat half of that, maybe less.
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deadstarsstillburn: moreover, the house has 3 storeys (large attic) so I assume if I get very efficient heating on the ground floor, that will go a long way toward heating the upstairs as well, no?
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