We had to take a another dying old maple tree down in the Overhill front yard. So, given our success in creating a hugelkultur bed around the old stump of the first dying maple we took down years ago, we decided to do it again. Only this time it would be easy. We’d use a flash mob. I figured it would take about an hour.
So I put the word out to the neighborhood list-serve, hoping for eight to ten people. And that’s what we got!
Guess what: we clocked it. 45 minutes flat! Amazing what a determined group can do, especially when you’re having fun, and enticed by ice cream cones afterwards.
Five of us from our two house pod, plus Logan and Carissa and their little one, Oliver, from across the street, plus Jen and young son Sam from a couple of blocks west of here — plus assorted dogs — all pitched in, arranging the logs, stuffing holes with carbon (newspaper, office pack, wood chips), and, in the end, finishing it off with a huge dead (I hope) pile of old old old vines and other unwanteds that Rebecca and Brie hauled to the front on a new blue tarp.
We’ll finish with a layer of compost and plant with a cover crop for the winter.
Story in pictures below.