I never thought it would melt or stop snowing AND I know I am not alone...:) but Spring has finally arrived on our farm and the work has continued on our studio project.
The new construction is connecting to the original 1830's farmhouse that will soon become home in July. We had a few nice days of weather - cleaning up the fallen branches and sorting out where our girls fencing will go. Still a few more trees to trim and grounds to be graded.
Snow melting created a visual inspection where all of the low spots in our "pastures in making" were hiding. All of those fallen branches and trees we felled have been used to help me fill in those low areas which over time will compost to soil for the pasture.
Hugelkulter: "Used for centuries in Eastern Europe and Germany, hugelkultur (in German hugelkultur translates roughly as “mound culture”) is a gardening and farming technique whereby woody debris (fallen branches and/or logs) are used as a resource. Hugelkultur garden beds (and hugelkultur ditches and swales) using the same principle help retain moisture on site, build soil fertility, improve drainage and use woody debris that is unsuitable for other use."
I love to reuse anything that is helpful to the earth. I never thought I would be showing off our hugelkulter mounds!!