I worked outside today getting raised bed 5 together and nearly filled with compost.
I expect rain or snow tonight and am happy to have this hugelkultur bed well under way so the deadwood and compost can be well moistened.
I also worked on raised bed 6, which is just outside of the potager, and whose shrubs will serve as an enclosure, windbreak, and food source.
Raised bed 6 is directly under the pinyon pine canopy, but gets enough light to grow Aronia melanocarpa. To hold moisture, I will fill it with deadwood and compost before adding soil. The 1 inch stones in the front will be removed, they are intended to face the outbuilding to the left.
While digging dirt and rocks for my raised beds, I found a stone.
The stone is about two feet long and is balanced on a corner. This odd leaning that appears to defy gravity is so New Mexico, I have to find a place for it. I have an idea for it but will have to move some concrete and stone to work it out… shocking I know… this grandmother moving rock and concrete around! The finger on the top left is free, no extra charge. I kept it because it looks like it is balancing the stone to keep it from falling.
It was cold and windy most of today as our storm is blowing in. I am chilled and cuddled on the sofa with hot Mexican chocolate, Little Guy, and an afghan! Perfect for watching out the window as the storm blows in.
I also need to find a good tortoise stone to honor my slow tortoise way of getting to the finish line.