Another great days work on our project today and a great effort from all of the people who turned up and got stuck in. Between six of us we moved the four tons of soil into the waiting raised Hugel beds. Over time all of our beds will be based on the Hugel design of filling the bottom of the bed with wood, branches and other organic matter before adding compost on top, as this method has already proved fruitful with some hugel beds we put in a while back, as you can see from the picture below of the raised bed which is absolutely brimming with healthy plants even after a week of colder temperature mornings.
Sow and planting winter crops
After we had filled the beds with soil, we planted them out with overwintering garlic, onions and shallots and cabbage. Our older beds, many of which are enriched with nitrogen from the huge broad bean crop we grew earlier in the year will also be planted out with overwintering crops during the next couple of weeks, increasing our capacity is a high priority for us in the future and having a large overwintering crop of useful alliums and brassicas is a way of increasing our overall yearly yield.