|raised bed placed against a sunny wall|
Hugelkultur is a very old practice originating from Germany that allowed people to grow food in abundance, without the need of irrigation. The buried wood and other bits of compostable material in hugelkultur beds create a fungal-rich base that retains water and provides essential nutrients to the plants growing in the bed.
Paul has filled the base of his structure with apple wood cuttings and old cardboard, covered with a layer of topsoil. This will break down over the winter months and he will add the strawberry plants in the spring. It looks very smart and I shall look forward to a bumper strawberry crop next year.