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English Walnut in Hugelkultur

 
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We are lucky to have a huge beautiful English walnut tree in our yard, but sadly  we lost two good sized limbs this summer.  I am going to start a hugelkultur and would like to use the unusable parts of the limbs to the bottom of my bed.  I keep reading conflicting info on the web about English walnut.  I hate to waist any of that wood, but don't want to create a hugelkultur that wont be productive. Has anyone used English walnut, or know if I should use it, or be safe and put it in the burn pile? I would be grateful for any help.  Thanks
 
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I would use it if it was all I had;  leave the branches whole and put them at the very bottom. It should break down slowly enough that the juglone shouldn't really be a problem.

I'm not an expert at hugelkultur however, and the ones I made haven't particularly been successful, though they aren't as big and steep as Sepp Holzer recommends, which may be my problem.  Good luck!
 
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Thank you.  I think I will make two small Hugelkultur mounds, one with walnut and one without.  I think it will be interesting to see what happens.
 
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You might plant mostly Juglone tolerant plants for a year or two. https://extension.psu.edu/landscaping-and-gardening-around-walnuts-and-other-juglone-producing-plants

There are other lists that don’t precisely agree with this list.
 
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Thank you so much. I have been so focused on if I should or should not use walnut, it didn't even occur to me to check out what plants are tolerant to juglone.  I think I will still do two hugelkultur mounds and put the English walnut in one and other wood in the other.  It will be interesting to see what differences there are.  It's so nice to know no matter what the out come of my little experiment is there are many plants Juglone tolerant I would have planted any way.  It's true sometimes you really can't see the forest for the trees.  Thanks for your help.
 
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I love the duel-trial research idea!  Two mounds, identical plantings . . . and see if there is any measurable difference.
 
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