Update on the Hugelkultur

Zucchini with peppers and tomatoes in background

Zucchini with peppers and tomatoes in background

"Eight Ball" Zucchini

“Eight Ball” Zucchini

Zucchini is thriving on the hugelkultur. To date, we’ve harvested at least a dozen round zukes and a dozen traditional straight, and the cooler in the shed is filled with some of the bounty, to be shared with all.

Zukes!

Zukes!

The winter squash is doing well as are the carmen and jalepeno peppers.

Winter squash

Winter squash

Carmen Red Peppers

Carmen Red Peppers

Tomatoes have done well,  but are still green; we’re hoping for a long growing season so they have time to ripen.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

One thing we have learned in this first year is that the hugelkultur dries out quickly. Because it has not packed down yet, there are lots of spaces between the branches and there may be more evaporation and water run-off from the top of the mound. (Might the large leaves of the zucchini prevent evaporation and make it an ideal crop for the first year?)

We had planned a watermelon party to celebrate the end of the garden season and the first year of our hugelkultur . . . but woodchucks ate the watermelon plants (as well as most of the beans and lettuce.) We will have to rethink our celebration . . . a tomato-jalapeno salsa and chips party instead?

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