Stuff is actually growing! I see lots of cucumbers, beans, lettuces, kale, cabbage, chard, and peppers popping up through the straw. We are only watering the hügelkultur bed every fourth day to conserve water. So far, all of the veggies look quite happy.
Only the Germans can make something that looks like a creepy grave mound with a nearly unpronounceable name into a productive gardening method.