New Garden Spot

by Daisy on 08/20/2013

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You may remember when this happened:





A storm brought this tree down and it had to be removed.  The tree removal company shredded the tree (most of it) into chips and we asked them to dump them on site.  Mulch Mountain was born.


The stump was ground up, too, leaving this on the former tree spot:


Mulch Hill.

Wanting to turn this area into a garden now that the sun can reach it, I began bringing in rotted logs:


And piling on bags of grass clippings and leaves:


Please ignore the randomly placed 2×4.  I have no idea what it’s doing there.

We planted a pumpkin vine in a bit of compost for kicks and giggles, as they say, knowing full well the squash vine borers would find it sooner or later.  They did.

I’ve been trying to decide what I will do with this new, plant-able area.  Opportunities like this don’t come up very often in my yard and I want to make the most of it.  The plan at the moment is to remove the shrubs and small trees that are left in this spot, keep building it up with leaf litter, and plant new blueberry bushes, a pair of muscadines (one purple, one golden) on a simple t-bar trellis, plus a strawberry bed in the center.  2014 will be the new plants’ “sleep” year, advance of their “creep” and “leap” years.  By the time the plants are ready to creep, the composting of the leaves, clippings, shreds, and logs should be pretty advanced and the resulting soil pretty awesome.

I want to include some permaculture elements, like planting comfrey and daylilies, both of which have multiple functions, around the edges.

The strawberries will get here in October, so I have to prepare the center bed with soil by then.  The shredded bark/leaves/grass clippings won’t be composted enough at that time, so I may have to ‘make a well in the center’ so to speak, and make the strawberry bed with compost imported from the compost heap, and let the areas around it compost over time.

I’ll keep you posted with pics of the progress.

And if you can tell me what that 2×4 is doing there I would appreciate it.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen C. August 21, 2013 at 4:43 am

We’ve lost a few trees over the years and as the ground up stump bits left in the hole compost and settle (very, very slowly) that space is going to sink. Years after we’ve had trees come down, we’ve been left with fairly large divots in our yard. You may need to dig up your plants in a few years and fill the hole with soil. Just a head’s up. 🙂

Heidi August 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

The 2×4 is planking 🙂

Daisy August 21, 2013 at 6:07 am


Ellen Peavey August 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

The 2×4 is the path to mulch mountain!!! Would love to have a mulch mountain for the raised beds. Ellen from Georgia.

Hannah August 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

Maybe someone was using the 2×4 to measure the length of your squash vine… over 8 ft long… then forgot it?
Hannah from Canada
PS. You mentioned planting comfrey. We have that, and it spreads quite aggressively, even in our relatively cold (zone 5) area. It was already in the garden when we moved here; very hard to eradicate.

Debbie August 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Short and sweet – you have kids….that’s probably where the 2 x 4 came from!! And that is also why it was left there and not put where it belongs!! :o) …….. I always enjoy all of your writing!! Thank you so much and keep it going!! Have a Blessed Day!!! :o)

ecoteri August 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Just a warning on Comfrey – it is VERY invasive and really hard to keep under control. our new-to-us but very old (and small) farm has a couple of enormous comfrey patches, the only things worse are the bindweed (morning glory) and buttercup…. If you are going to plant Comfrey, put it into a contained spot!!!!

Kevin August 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

it’s lying, either not telling the truth, or asleep– don’t sneek up on it,, it might get a fright and jump up and hit you!!!! throw some nails at it to try and pin it down before approaching..

Great blog.
We get those noisy things in NZ. Never seen them at that stage. Thanks.
Comfrey – cook it like silver beet, or mow it with catcher and put on compost heap. great both ways.

Daisy August 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Kevin–Thank you for the warning. I will use the utmost caution.
Had to look up silver beet. (We call it chard). I do use it as compost and feed some to the hens.
Debbie–As much as I would like to blame it on the kids, I don’t think they’re guilty (this time).

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