Scott Jackson wrote:Excellent. THanks for posting, Gary.
I'm fairly new to the HugelKulture concept. Is the idea that everything will eventually compost down to the level of your stone perimeter?
Are you planning on planting something soon, or letting it age a while?
I'm not sure how far down it will shrink, but it would take 10-20 years in any case. The logs will hold moisture and provide nutrients. I'm definitely going to plant *something* asap--not sure exactly what right now. I may end up tarping it for a short while since a good downpour will wash away a lot of my valuable compost. I think lettuces would be a good early season starter, then melons and cucumbers I think for it's first year.
Jeffrey Hodgins wrote:I think it's a bit tall and steep. You might have some problems with erosion and drying out.
Really? I doesn't look any steeper than the ones in the hugelkultur article
The smaller hugel sunk about 6" or more, mostly from the compost degrading, not the wood of course. I did NOT have any erosion problems, but did have some drying out problems--I believe this is due to that with no rock dust or mineral content, the water holding ability of the soil was low, as well as it not absorbing water readily. I could water for a full minute, and then dig my hand in and about 3-6" down would be DRY. I will be adding rock dust next spring with any plantings I do. Pics to come(dark right now).
Julia Winter wrote:I'm curious--how much did you first hugelkultur bed settle in the past 9 months?
Here's the bed as of today. It had snake gourds all over it a month ago(you can see a rotting one on the white rock wall). I have some different herbs, 2 new apple trees, and some strawberries growing here and there--they are all babies.
Nice pictures Gary.
How was your harvest from the hugel bed you showed in March, the one with all the vertically buried stumps?
I found squash, cukes, & tomatoes did much better over vertically buried stumps than horizontally buried logs in my 1st year hugel beds.
Was wondering if you noticed anything similar?
Here's a link to my recent hugel bed construction:
Air pockets are actually good for the plants I've observed. In the post below, I dug up a squash plant doing well.
The roots really grew well into a large gopher hole.
Since then I've dug up many other plants and always observed the roots loved air pockets in the ground.
So when filling in my hugel beds now I actually try to make gaps.
Also I won't worry as the wood decomposes and leave more air pockets in the ground, the extra aeration really helps the plants.