As another adventure in permaculture, I decided to try out a hugelkultur garden. The premise is you put bigger logs and sticks in a ditch, fill with smaller things, and it will breakdown to be rich soil.
I am thankful my husband helped with the ditch. He's not usually into gardening, so this was a rare treat. I had the kids pull whatever logs/sticks they could find from the hedge. We heaped it with chicken manure, homemade compost and woodchips. We shall see what happens!