After letting our house sit on the market for well over a year with nary a nibble, we decided to bring the farm to the city. Urban farming, if you will. But, lack of soil makes that difficult! My neighbor suggested something called Hugelkultur and then this weekend, he started collecting this and that and before we knew it, Andrew's empty planting box was a Hugelkultur system!
This creation is an amazing display of scavenging, reusing, and making do. Andrew created the planter from old doors destined for the landfill. It's quite large and when we moved it to the end of the driveway, it now gets tons of sun.
Rotten logs were scavenged from the abandoned house down the street and used as the bottom layer. The logs will hold moisture, create air pockets, and eventually decompose to create rich soil.
Rotting leaves and other plant-stuff was scooped up from the alley to fill in around the logs.
Then compost soil was placed on top of that.
We had a great deal of child slave labor. Always a good thing.
This corner is at the alley where the telephone pole is. Tons of leaves had gathered there over the years and started to decompose. With a little ingenuity, now it houses a grape vine to grow up the telephone pole and a blackberry bush which will vine across the driveway.