Having commented last night that the garden looked remarkable green, in spite of the lack of rainfall, tonight I’ve noticed that one particular plant is starting to suffer. Just look at the leaves on this currant bush (not sure if it is a black or red currant bush).
In contrast, the other currant bushes seem in much better fettle.
My supposition is that the bush which is showing stress has not had the benefit of a hugel bed, whereas the other two were planted on one. That said, the two on the hugel bed will be more established, having been in situ about two years longer, so it could simply be that they have a more extensive root system.
It would certainly be good news if hugelculture is indeed as useful for countering dry conditions as I have been led to believe. This would make my efforts more worthwhile. Investigating these matters is, however, difficult to do in view of the number of variables.
Anyway, before it gets too dark, I am now off to move part of the garden path to make way for what will probably be the final hugel bed I build. I’ve got wood to use and it would a shame not to give more of the soil a chance at being improved.