Hubby and I worked together today to put the next two layers into this new coming hedge row. We have been working on this 40 foot by approx. three foot bed for a while this spring.. first we have to cut the area down a few times, going from our highest lawn mower setting to our lowest, a number of wheel barrels of raking done to clean it up, some digging and pulling of certain roots from some plants..
We already had some plants in there.. some have been planted three years, others two years and some just this spring.. we have Saskatoons, Blueberries, Smoke Bush, Gooseberry, Current, Comfrey and BeeBalm.
Then we laid out the logs, then bedded it down with 4 to 6 inches of old already well started moist composting old hay square bales done into chips..
Then we filled the middle with a mix of soil and five year aged compost from the farm, to which we back filled the lines between the hay and planted into it a mix of annual flowers, Annual food plants including Squash an Peppers, and others that will come back year after year including Ground Cherries and Cosmo’s. The key is that you need to put your dirt down that split in the bales and plant deep enough into it, that the roots will go have both the new dirt-compost but will also have the cooler from the cover and will shortly be able to reach the soil under it and sink in deeply.
I still need to come back and tuck in dirt and beebalm and mints on the outside edges.. But the push on this garden is done for the year.. now we water, weed a bit and let it settle and do its thing, filling out and growing up etc.