Over the past week or so, I had been making preparations for the building of a sixth hugel bed. This one was to be different in that it was going to be filled with a big no-no: pine.
Pine is acidic and the hope is that this hugel bed will therefore provide the right environment for the blueberry bush. So far, the bush has done fine in the garden, though not produced many berries this year because of new growth (I think). However, if I was going to go the trouble of doing a lot of digging to improve the soil, it made sense to use acidic wood in the hugel bed.
Indeed, it was quite a lot of trouble to dig the hole required for all the wood I wanted to put in it. The soil was hard after this dry spell, although much easier to dig than where I put the rose bush last week. Very few worms, though. Which hopefully will change now a lot of organic matter, albeit needing as yet to decompose, has gone into the hole.