I'm trying a method of gardening called hugelkultur, which is basically burying logs in your garden beds to improve the soil.http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
Photos of my little hugelkultur experiment so far.
Bed dug down to the rock shelf (about 18" below ground level), filled with old oak logs and sticks:
Spaces around logs filled in with chicken bedding (pine shavings and chicken poo) and sheep bedding (hay and sheep poo):
I'm watering the bed thoroughly to saturate the materials, and tomorrow I will top it off with soil and then plant sweet potato slips.
Photo of the improved part of this kitchen garden today:
I'm gardening using permaculture techniques, with mixed plantings (polyculture). Plants in this garden include apple trees, elderberry, daylilies, elephant garlic, garlic, walking onions, summer squash, cucumbers, melons, green beans, fava beans, echinacea, mexican primrose (kind of a weed
), native sunflowers, englemann daisy,basil, oregano, culinary sage, mullein, parsley, carrots, eggplant, okra, basketflower, jerusalem artichoke, zinnia.http://www.permies.com/