Dillon Nichols wrote:Welcome to permies!
Hugels are pretty applicable darn near everywhere... unless made of black locust or some other ridiculously rot resistant wood, the wood *will* decay, and decaying wood *will* hold moisture if there is water present.. eventually the wood will be gone and you will have soil. And yes, it's a lot of work, especially by hand.
A hugel is often not a very happy spot for a tree, though, because of all the settling that goes on during the aforementioned decay. The usual advice is not to plant trees in hugels, unless they are old hugels which hace finished rotting and settling. Ie... they have become a mound of lovely soil.
Nothing to say that the hugels and the orchard can't mingle, just not great to plop the trees right in hugels.
Hiring someone with local knowledge to help you do the site design and select the best trees/support plants for your site might be an excellent idea. I would be seeking demonstration sites or locally well-known permaculture designers; these people should have a portfolio, references, and ideally a site of their own..
Perhaps someone will happen along with a reccomendation; the odds would improve if you titled your thread to provide your location!
Dillon Nichols wrote:I tried a quick search and this caught my eye, it's possible these people could be a starting point... I have no personal knowledge of them.