The garden is coming along beautifully! Today it is raining, so I’m very glad I built two more planter beds last weekend. I had to use thinner branches for these, and it does add variety to have bigger trunks and thinner limbs.
I cut up all the extras for fire wood, and things feel more organized and cleaner. Now, the garden is 2/3 finished with building the raised beds from Black Locust trees. The other portion of the garden will be tackled later, maybe in spring, when we can come across more locust trees. But, if we do come across more, the work will still continue. Terra cotta clay tubes will be used as circles around the fruit trees and then locust branches will outline rectangular beds. We need to incorporate the clay into this side of the garden for balance.
We are fortunate to have farmland Will Burke work once a week until the end of the year when he’ll become a resident-intern at a permaculture farm.
Right now we are in the process of digging out the walkways to remove about 5-6 inches of soft fluffy dirt (decomposed wood chips from years ago). After that, we’ll sheet mulch and add fresh wood chips.