My enthusiasm for building hugel beds is on the wane. Psoriatic hands and heavy soil don’t go too well together.
However, I woke up this morning and felt inspired to get the spade out. The sun helped. So, now hugel bed number seven is complete.
Anyway, I was impressed with the condition of the soil I was moving to make a trench for the wood. In comparison with the compacted clumps I’ve been handling elsewhere in the garden, this soil was soft and friable.
The difference between the spot where the latest hugel bed has been built and the rest of the garden is the fact that the only thing grown on the former over the past year is phacelia. The soil here was full of roots, which must have broken up the ground as well as filling it with nutrients.
Whether or not this is the reason for such a pleasant surprise, I think I will give the technique a go on other parts of the garden to see if the same applies!