Reflecting upon the course of action I have planned to get the pond up and running, and seeing how big the rhubarb crown is (it’s nearly a foot deep), I decided another hugel bed had to go. In other words, I needed to dig out the wood placed under the soil where I intend to replant the rhubarb.
I was quite surprised by how little wood there appeared to be in this spot. Granted, some of the smaller pieces may have rotted sufficiently to be indistinguishable from general detritus in the soil. But the pile had seemed much bigger when it went in!
Thus, I am glad that I am re-amassing wood for the hugel bed I plan to build in the winter. I already had some and with two emptied beds, plus the clippings from pruning the apple trees, I hope the new bed will be the most substantial and long-lasting.
Anyway, with the wood cleared from the soon-to-be rhubarb patch, I can now start digging the hole for the pond. Whooppee!