Straw, dirt, logs and twigs
careful mounds packed for decay,
this gardener’s dream:
black earth mountain richness feeds
a riot of spring flowers.
Hugelkultur is a method of creating a new garden bed by layering logs, branches and twigs and covering them with alternating layers of organic materials such as leaves, straw, compost, soil, and so on. Digging in my yard is next to impossible as the topsoil is thin and there is an abundance of clay and rock. So this fall I constructed my first ‘hugel’ mound. I placed straw and soil on top of branches from a huge pile of brush left out back by previous inhabitants. In spring I’ll add composted manure, liberally sprinkle with seeds, and cross my fingers. For more info and illustrations, visit this Permaculture magazine article.
Tanka poem in response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #27: decay