Mark Captain

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Thanks Mike. Worms were plentiful 😀
2 weeks ago
Thanks Ben. Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated   👍🏻
3 weeks ago
👍🏻👍🏻 Merci...  so when I need to water or empty rain tanks hose straight into the bottom. Foot deep trench in clay on a slope with ‘dams’ to slow flow so will hopefully soak the lot.
3 weeks ago
hi all, another beginners question please!  Hugel built and planning to seed this weekend (should be end of frosts according to forecast).  Clearly will need to water in if top dry and will cover in straw.  I know the theory is then the logs will have retained the moisture from the winter, but how does this get to the roots?? Can't find this written down anywhere!  I know the top layers were dry-ish when building - bottom was very wet.  I am assuming the theory is with the heat generated by decomposition and as the weather gets warmer the moisture evaporates inside the hugel and keeps things damp inside?? When will i know when to water - and where best to direct it? I had figured a hose into the base of the hugel - is this correct?   Hopefully not daft questions...........  many thanks.....m
3 weeks ago
Finally there - more work than I ever anticipated!  Big dent in the muck heap - good stuff at the bottom mixed in with what topsoil was there.  Plastered it on reasonably thick - maybe 4" on the top and anything from 2-4" on the side stomped in by my size 12s - one forkful at a time. Slabs laid loose most of the way round (freebies!) to provide more heat and reduce mud. Now to seed it during the next week, cover with straw and hopefully some magic will happen.......Have a good mix of different veg seeds and will see what works - fingers crossed....
3 weeks ago
further and far more important question please! How thick does my well rotted manure need to be??  Have started but don't want to go over again in a second layer as think more likely to slip off!?  (Appreciate it will be limited what will grow in this until more mature - squashes etc). Back on it tomorrow.......... many thanks
4 weeks ago
meant to ask please any suggestions what might grow in the hay? if anything? are potatoes as I think a good idea??
4 weeks ago
no idea where the photos went!  will try again...........
4 weeks ago
slowly getting there. Next layer well rotted manure. Still getting frosts here but hopefully seed in a week or so.  The dug out clay have made three sided 'wall' to hopefully trap water on slope and moved the old rotten hay we lost. Maybe a haygel once rotted down.  Might add some manure and see if potatoes grow?  Hoses are from IBC tanks collecting rainwater off stable roof.  
4 weeks ago
Dog’s knackered too!
1 month ago