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George Collins
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Location: South Central Mississippi
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I just finished constructing my second huglekultur bed and had a few hurky-ish log-ettes left over. They are so hurky they can only be Rolled with considerable difficulty and lifted no higher than like ankle high so I'm thinking that they are proly unsuitable for the topmost hugle-layer.

But what to do with them?

I was wondering about how I might use them in some permaculturish sorta way.

Then I remembered listening to a podcast recently where some dude, I think his name was Steve, was talking to some babe about nurse logs. So being the unimaginative sort, I decided to use the left over hugle-hurkies as nurse logs. Mulch had previously been applied Deep and Wide around the core of a newly planted food forest. The logs were just rolled onto the mulch to lay there and rot and be all . . . nursish.

That got me to thinking:
- if a nurse log is a good thing, might nurse logS be even better?

- and if nurse logS are better than a nurse log, how many nurse logs are too many?

- and if there is no such thing as too many, wouldn't enough of them laid down to form a virtual carpet be the optimal amount?

i.e. Can you mulch with logs?

Is there a down side to doing so?

And if you mulch with a whole pile of logs, can you call it an inverted huglekulture?

John Polk
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Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
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Nurse logs, snags and dead falls all play an important role in the overall health of a forest. They provide habitat for dozens of species, which improves the diversity of your bio system.

Dead wood will generally provide a fungal habitat which is great for a forest project. Grasses, and rotting vegetable plants will provide a bacterial environment, which is preferred by most annuals. I guess that you could over do it if it is an annual bed you are dealing with. I doubt that it could be over done in a forest setting...just leave enough pathways so that you (and your equipment) can easily pass.

I always feel it is a grave mistake when I see somebody clearing all of the dead and dying trees from a forest. They are essential components of a diverse environment.
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