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Hugelbeds with vermiculture pathways?

 
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Had an idea today that I want to run by you permies.

I'm getting ready to convert 1/2 my primary garden to hugelbeds. I've had the notion to add to this idea further by using the boxwood worm system http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Boxwood+Vermicomposting.html in the walkways between the beds, I'd have to made the worm walkways 2' wide instead of 4'. I've got a lot of horse owners around me that are only too happy to let me grab up all the manure I want to supplement the material needed for the worms to eat. I then can muck out the worm walkways seasonally onto the other half of the garden, and toss a bit onto the hugelbeds, and raise worms that will be great chicken feed and maybe even a little side business selling worms.

I like the utility of this idea, path ways are always lost space in gardens, and I like the idea of being able to raise so very many worms on formerly "wasted" space. I'm just not certain it will work. I live in California but it gets cold enough to frost and even lightly snow here part of the year. I also worry that the hugelbeds might divert to much water directly into the worm beds drowning the worms. So what do you folks think? Will this work? Has anyone done this or something similar before?
 
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You may try that on one of your paths...
Otherwise stick to something like this?

http://youtu.be/gluNlrT4sYU?t=4m9s

This will really attract tons of worms per sq ft.
 
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I'm making my entire garden into a [s]hugel pit[/s] bed of buried wood, even the paths.  The worms love it.   

 
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that's really odd 

i kinda posted the exact same idea plan and link yesterday in the other recent Hugel thread
http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/10083_0/permaculture/hugelbedsalternatives-for-quotsodquot

had the same concerns aobut drainage if exposed to rain..
i think for now i will simply mimic his hoop-house model, and for my exposed paths between the raised beds just not line them with blocks,they will be more like inground hugel-bed pathways full of wood and manure.
 
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H Ludi Tyler wrote:
I'm making my entire garden into a hugel pit, even the paths.  The worms love it.   



"Hugel pit" is an oxymoron. Hugel = mound. pit = depression. So you have "mound pit."


 
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I know that, but I don't know what else to call them.    What would YOU call them?

 
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It's essentially buried woody material, but that doesn't sound sexy enough.

How about deep sponge gardening? Wood sponge beds? One of my farm helpers is German so maybe we can coin a new German term!

 
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