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Hi, First time posting here so hope I'm not breaking any rules or anything. Just finished reading Sepp Holzers permaculture book and this seems to be everything I have been looking for.  I ordered the videos too.  I'm also greatly enjoying the podcasts found here.  But, on to the question.  this hugelkulture thing sounds absolutely awesome, but I do have a couple of questions for anyone with experience: First is I live in the deep,hot, humid southeast USA and the termites are horrid.  they will actually eat plant roots    So if I have rotting trees that seems to be a haven for them.  I understand the mycellium connection.  Have read Stamets books and actually have a fridge full of mushroom spores.  2nd In the videos it shows them piling on soil, is this top soil - can I use manure in it. I just have crappy red clay here.  I'd hate to have to buy soil. I can get all the cow manure I want.  It doesn't have heavy chemicals but is not organic.  I do have a good compost bin full of worms  but I it wouldn't cover a hugelkulture bed.  Thanks ahead of time for any comments; all will be carefully considered.

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Here's my big fat opinion   :   Don't worry about the termites. I don't think they're a problem.  Personally, I would mix cow manure with the clay and use that to cover the beds. 
 
                            
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Thanks, maybe I will plant stuff with non woody roots to begin with.  But i don't really know what all has woody roots.
 
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