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Mini Hugel Drip Irrigation

 
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I'm going to try a mini hugelkultur around some perenials in some really dry areas of my property with poor soil.

The plants prevously planted here the last two years died during a hot summer drought.

I'm hoping this will both help establish some better soil and increase the moisture retention, providing a kind of natural drip irrigation!

Layed the sticks and added a little bit of living soil on top of the sticks.
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Laying sticks around the outside
 
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Added some more living and healthy soil on top of the sticks along with some aged dry grass clippings for a first mulch layer!
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Living soil and grass clippings
 
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Added some leaves as a final mulch on top!

This area now will hopefully be able to survive out hot, sometimes drought filled summers, with no watering!
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Leaves added, finished!
 
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Looks great and thanks for sharing! I think making mini-hugel beds around existing planting areas could really help. I did something similar around a Japanese maple that the previous owners of my place planted in a spot that was way to hot and dry. So far that tree has done great with no supplemental watering and I'm giving the mini-hugel bed and the thick mulch I put down the credit
 
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Daron Williams wrote:Looks great and thanks for sharing! I think making mini-hugel beds around existing planting areas could really help. I did something similar around a Japanese maple that the previous owners of my place planted in a spot that was way too hot and dry. So far that tree has done great with no supplemental watering and I'm giving the mini-hugel bed and the thick mulch I put down the credit



Awesome to hear it worked so well!

 
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