I wasn’t able to grow all that I planted. This isn’t California. The extremes in temperature, greater irrigation needs, and proper Ph soil balance targeted at specific crops make growing here far more complicated than out West. Plus, nothing was grown on my land for seven years prior to my purchasing it. The poor quality top soil is only about a foot deep– if that. Beneath it is hard pan red clay.
I finally built some raised beds.
I also built, and rebuilt a Hugelkultur. (I actually did it three times. Truly a learning experience.) I’d planned for it to settle this winter and begin planting on it in the spring, but already, nature is having its way with the virgin mound.