My friend Warren came over to assist with the planning of the garden. Space is minimal so we are putting in some Keyholes and Hügels. First step was to find the lay of the land so to speak. That is plot the contours. Here’s a simple and practical way of going about this:
Our layout is small so a small “A” frame did the job nicely. Make it larger with longer legs to give a larger sweep.
Next Warren goes through the process of swinging the legs to determine the contour.
The final contour. It is so small that we just took about 6 feet parallel from the first line to peg the other contour. When the large pile of loam in the background is removed, we will finish the exercise. Rain water should hit the side of the hügel and trap it as the natural flow is perpendicular to the contour.
The dome has a large 6″ french drain which was been put to the test during a heavy storm. It drained to daylight immediately. I would like to protect the oven that you can see in the background, even though it will be covered and the base is high above ground level also drained.