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Comment by Randall Smith on June 10, 2015 at 7:15am

I rake up excess grass clippings after mowing and throw most of them (it) on the compost pile. I also have a pile in the garden to be used for weed control around individual plants and in rows.

Well, when I started to spread a certain pile around, I discovered that beneath it were tunnels--VOLES! Yikes. Once they discover my sweet potatoes, they are voracious. Fortunately, they eat Decon poison. We'll see if that does the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:42pm

Barbara, about burying branches, limbs or trees. I forgot about being careful which ones you use because of sprouting. My guess is, you will have sprouts from the buried material. I don't have any sprouting problems because we cut down conifers. We might get seeds sprouting and if we do, we will kill them with vinegar. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:39pm

Barbara, my Gardener's Supply Co catalogue came today and if you go to gardeners.com, or http://www.gardeners.com/home, you will find all kinds of support ideas. or order from them. Pricey, but already made. 

We are in a heat spell, went over the record the past two days. It is 99° here now. 

http://www.gardeners.com/home

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 8, 2015 at 8:44am

I opted to place my hugelkultur bed above ground simply because I didn't want to dig a trench - and made a few errors in the process. I saw one at a local display at it had a few branches sticking out of it. So when I made mine there were some visible also.  Sadly, I scavanged some branches from my neighbor's trash pile - chinaberry, texas umbrella tree - and those branches exposed are now sprouting. I keep nipping them off with pruner. 

Randall, I know I have some of those pesky critters as I can see the holes, but have never seen one. :) 

Daniel, there must be a drug to help your neighbor, lol. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 8, 2015 at 8:14am

I"m feeling pretty smug right now. I "caught" two moles yesterday! My $20 trap finally snagged one, and I dug one up as he tunneled in my presence. That makes 6 this year. I'm hoping there's not a 7th. I hate killing any animals, but when I see what moles do to my garden, I don't feel too bad.

We received 2" of rain last night--really, too much.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2015 at 5:51pm

Kathy, I would try both methods and observe which suits your location best. The goal is to keep water on your property for as long as you can before it goes into the sewer system or into streams. 

At my daughter's place, we didn't follow land contours because we wanted fire breaks. We dug trenches in pure sand and filled them with all the slash that they would normally burn. I was very pleased that they chose not to burn all the limbs and branches from the trees we cut down for fire protection.  

Hugelkulture, buried 

Hugelculture, above ground

http://starterpermaculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/hugelkult...

Comment by kathy: ky on June 7, 2015 at 12:01pm
Hugelkultr(sp)? Since the clay soil can be both wet or dry I'm not sure whether to trench it a little or raise it. Does anyone have any suggestions??
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 7, 2015 at 12:01pm

Joan, that's interesting Fire Ant Hill art.  I feel a little sorry for them, but not much.

Comment by kathy: ky on June 7, 2015 at 10:39am
That's it Joan!
Comment by Randall Smith on June 7, 2015 at 6:55am

That was fun to watch, Joan. I wonder how many can's worth of aluminum it takes?

 

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