Last week, we cleaned the goat barn, adding the second layer to our hill garden (hugelkultur). A few wheel barrows of sifted compost capped the two hills that we have formed. They are now just above knee-high. One more layer will go on in January.
While digging out the compost pile, an idea came to me, “If burying wood under the hill gardens is a good idea, burying wood under the compost pile would be even better. The fungus that breaks down the wood would spread into the compost, facilitating the growth of the mycelium in the rotting hay, leaves, and kitchen scraps.”
Thus, I dug out about 6 inches below the level of the old compost pile to use at the compost cap on the hills. Then I stopped over at the fire pit wood pile to fill the wheel barrow with the older wood that already has shelf fungus growing on it.
Back at the compost pile, I laid this wood out in a trench about four feet square. Now, to bury it as we rebuild this compost pile (we have a two-year rotation on compost, thus this is the remainder of the rotted compost from 2015. In the photo, you can see the 2016 compost pile that we will use for next Spring’s garden).