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Hugel bed for flowers

 
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This Hugel is not for food, maybe eventually. I had an old cabin that was too rotten to burn and had another cabin that had been abandoned and the animals had their way with it. The floor that was on/in the ground I was able to break up with a hoe and add to the pile. So to burry the evidence I'm making a Hugel for flowers and privacy. I purchased about 500 various flower bulbs to plant in the Hugel and will cover it with chicken wire so the squirrels don't eat all the bulbs. Some pictures of the process. Yet to plant and cover with wire and mulch.
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Some rotten wood
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More wood, ash, dirt, leaves & compost
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Hugel flower bed
 
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I forgot a picture of the flowers. There was a sale on so I bought 9 boxes.
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Help nature!
 
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Had some extra time yesterday and was able to finish planting. About 250 bulbs went into the bed. I cleared out some soil/mulch mix tossed in the bulbs and covered. Cover it all in chicken wire with wooden pegs to hold it down, put down straw and some branches on top so the straw won't blow away. Crossing fingers and toes the animals don't get through the chicken wire.
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Bulbs
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Going in the ground, stick used so I know where I've already planted
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Chicken wire
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Hugel flower bed
 
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Had more bulbs arrive today. Supported the Canadian Legion buying Liberation75 Tulips commerating the Liberation of the Netherlands. They are huge! compared to the grocery store multi packs.
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Looks great! Hope you will share the results when things come up in spring.
I like ornamental flower beds, and have been making some small, buried hugel mounds around the house to do the same thing.
 
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I've decided to make a few more small ones for flowering vines as part of a privacy fence and for some grape vines I want to use to cover a pergola.
 
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I will be looking forward to pictures in the spring also. Looks like a great project
 
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Finally got out and was able to take pictures of the bulb Hugel. Also seeded a wide mix of other flowers today. Last time I was here in March the top was frozen solid. I ended up pulling some straw off and there is a lot growing under there.
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West side
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Easy side
East side
 
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Some great colour coming up. The Orange Tulips are Liberation Bulbs.

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Flowers
Flowers
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More flowers!
More flowers!
 
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James Sullivan wrote:Some great colour coming up. The Orange Tulips are Liberation Bulbs.


Awesome project James. Love to see a waste product turned into beauty and fertility
 
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Thanks for these pictures, keep them coming, I am very interested in this project.
 
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More flowers coming up. Lots of little ones here and there not so easy to see. Should fill in nicely over the next few years.
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Update from a week ago. Since then have filled in more of the back and many more flowers look like they are ready to pop.
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West side flower hugel
West side flower hugel
 
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Spring update!
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March 27 Zone 5
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June 9 Zone 5
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I realize I'd forgotten to add pictures from last year.
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