As you can see, this was a weedy steep and unused eyesore in front of the house. My daughter, Amy, has been telling me about Hugelculture mounds. I decided this natural swale in the land might work, Instead of digging a 3' trench, I could smooth from the steep side to the lake side that was coincidentally about 3' lower.
Ron helped a lot using the tractor on the scary slope and doing most of the heavy lifting as we covered the first layer with decaying Alder logs. Second layer was sticks and branches.
Then came a layer of maple leaves - and then load after load of dirt from one end of the big garden.
After a week of hard manual labor, the mound is complete and planted. Now we wait!