Jordan Lowery wrote:how did you build it? details will help a lot.
materials used, type of wood, age of wood, soil used, mulch, what plants?
i get great use out of my hugel beds the first year, the second year and on are fantastic. i plant legumes and root crops the first year.
Thelma McGowan wrote:Cris--How was the water retention for your hugel beds?
Jordan Lowery wrote:well from the sounds of it you planted the wrong crops for the first year. all of those are hungry crops. which in the first year of a hugel bed wont do perfect. legumes do best the first year. followed by whatever you want the second year and so on.
Travis Philp wrote:You can grow heavy feeder crops in a first year hugelbeet but you have to build it a certain way.
I had great success in first year hugel beds with sweet bell peppers, eggplants, and radish. I'd say it was the best yield that I've ever had from those three crops. The only fertility I added aside from the wood was a handful of horse manure for each eggplant and pepper plant. Nothing for the radish.
I built the bed using wood that had been cut that year. It was mostly twigs and branches no thicker than an arm, and piled dark loamy soil on top. The bed ended up being about 2.5 feet high.