The final herb to be planted outside in the ground is bergamot. It can be used to flavour boiled sweets or as a hair rinse, although whether I ever use it as such or, indeed, am able to remains to be seen.
Anyway, putting the bergamot in the ground gave me the opportunity to investigate the internal structure of this particular hugel bed. Now, I had expected to meet branches of tree on the way down but, as with another bed recently, there didn’t seem to be any.
Of course, I could have placed the wood further down than I remember but if in fact the wood has gone, it doesn’t seem to have done this bed the good I had hoped. Not least, even after rain, the soil was still very hard to dig into.
Oh well, at least the brown and green matter under the soil will have added fertility and enabled me to maintain a closed loop. A branch had fallen off the silver birch next door (before the whole tree was tree surgeoned out of existence) and helpfully landed in my garden, so a hugel bed seemed a much more fitting end than taking it to the household waste site.