Cardboard is laid down to suppress the existing vegetation. The centre is left clear to receive a mulch of pea gravel. The idea is to keep vegetation back from the tree so that mice and voles have no nesting material near the tree.
Then fertility is added – grass clippings.
Or semi-decomposed plant matter.
The layer of fertility has been covered with ramial wood chips. The tree in the bottom right foreground has an inner ring of pea gravel. This reflects a full month of hard work by Charles the Woofer. It was an immense amount of work and we are deeply appreciative of what Charles did for us.
The strip of brown on the right side of the picture is for a willow bed.
We could sense that Charles wanted to christen his work with plants so a dozen left over strawberry plants were the first.
We’ve begun to add plants that we’ve dug up and subdivided from our herb garden or “weeds” from other parts of our garden. We’re keeping a log of what gets transplanted into the orchard.