Then I spread around some flakes from a compressed straw bale and proceeded to spread the straw out as a mulch.
With a gentle spray setting, I wetted down the straw.
I thought I was going to be clever and dress up the straw with some hazelnut shells. Turns out I either need a lot more shells or this is only going to be an accent. I'm going to give it some time to decide if the look is going to work for me. I had thought about using Douglas Fir Bark Dust, but this would lead to a more fugally dominated soil as it breaks down. For annual plants, we want bacterially dominated soils.
And I couldn't resist picking up some more plants: flowers and herbs to plant on the slopes