From this to this.
I envisioned three neat trees but instead a full food garden is evolving and more to come.
Below you can see different mounds where I have dug holes and then composted to create raised areas of fertile soil for my new plantings.
These mounds have started with mulch in the bottom of the trench and then layers of food scraps, soil, wet leaves and more mulch.
The secret I am finding is to get a balance of soil, other materials and moisture content such that a friable soil quickly evolves.
As the natural soil in my garden lacks body and is on top of clay I am watching my new trench compost piles and their food plantings with interest.
Yesterday arrowroot, galangal and African spinach were planted in one mound.
The week before yacon and African spinach were planted in another mound.
African spinach is a tough, drought proof plant that I hope will be a successful food source if our summer is hot and dry. It also becomes quite a large, bush like plant and provides plentiful leaves.
I have grown the small seedlings myself and look forward to seeing how they grow and what they can add to a food garden.
It has been a dry and windy week but the first plantings are looking healthy and strong in their moist, deep, newly created soil.