Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hugelkultur

There are a lot of things in the works here at Triple H Ranch.  I have been reading about hugelkulturs and that has started some wheels turning in my mind.  'What is a hugelkulture' you might ask.  Well essentially it's a raised garden bed using woody debris as a base and covered in soil. The wood retains moisture and slowly decomposes, adding nutrients and moisture to the soil. Since part of our property is wooded, we have lots of broken branches and rotting logs I could put to good use.  


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As good as this method sounds, I do have some concerns.  Many of the after images I've seen, include hugelkulture's that are covered in weeds.  One comment my husband made after watching a video with me was "it looks like any pile of dirt after a couple weeks".  Weeds love having dirt stirred up (why I don't till) so we would have to be careful where we get dirt for this project.  However, by using the same mulching method that I use in the garden, perhaps it would work for us.

If anyone has used this method I would love to hear your thoughts.



4 comments:

  1. I had never heard of this before. It sounds interesting, although I don't know if the soil would stay put. Maybe that's why they allow weeds all over it? To keep the soil on?
    I may try something similar one day.

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  2. My husband would like to try this, too. As long as he hauls the logs up from the river...lol.

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  3. One of my favorite bloggers put huggys into use a few years ago (or maybe it was just last year) but she has quite a few posts on the subject and its a great blog also. Wendy's site is whishin.blogspot.com and called little house in the big woods. I bet you'll enjoy it!

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  4. Since we have woods on our acreage and lots of downed timber, this intrigues me. I am going to look up more on this subject.Thanks.

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