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Roy Haney
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My base operation for my farm is centered around a Sawmill. I am working to try to capure everything but the squeal. One problem is that in the summer I have more slabs than I can use or sell or give away. I was wondering about utilizing Hugelculture for some.
My operation is 100 acres and much is sloped with thin soil (rock poking out) in places.
What I am thinking is that I could easely bundle my slabs and build a berm 6 feet high. I have Sawdust so I would pile the top side with dust then bury everything with soil. I am blessed with equipment so this isn't a problem to build.
Question what do you recomend as crops on top.
How do you pick something that is soft ground and has something growing 6 foot off the ground level. I am wondering about berries and if you have 6 foot black berries on a 5 foot mound and the mound has rotting floor seems a problem.
 
Craig Dobbson
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Sounds like a great idea to me! Go for it. There is a very extensive thread on Hugelkulture here on this site with more info than you probably need. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
 
Max Kennedy
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Yes with the same conditions of roundwood regarding species and whether the wood is treated.
 
Nick Garbarino
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The wood will rot slowly enough that the mound will not be overly soft (I predict).
 
Lloyd George
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I have a sawmill, and all my mounds have slabs in them..so..yeah. lol.
 
John Polk
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Around here (the PNW), once the (wild) blackberries get several feet tall, they begin cascading down.
I would think it would be very easy to train them down.

A 5' huglemound with a berry growing 3' above it, and cascading down to ground level would create a tremendous barrier.
Only the birds could get by it easily.

 
Roy Haney
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OK I have a real problem now. I have been studying and now have a real problem with this. What are you going to do about termites and carpenter ants.
I live in TN and burrying logs are a recipe to have termite swarms.
 
krin pilot
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I was wondering Roy if you ever ended up using the slabs from the sawmill, and how it worked for you?
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