Swale at 1 Year

Our hugelkultur swale is now a year old. It is a thriving micro-ecosystem in what was formerly a worn out horse paddock. I’ll write more about it another time, but I wanted to post some images to mark its birthday.

The primary plantings are tagasaste, broad beans, lupine, and Jerusalem artichoke. Fruits include black boy peach trees, blueberry bushes, black currants, and kei apples. Other beneficial plants that have inhabited the swale include white clover, giant red clover, and plantain.

Kevin the rooster keeps an eye out from atop a chook tractor along the bottom edge of the swale.

Peace, Estwing