Mike Barkley wrote:There are soooo many cool things on this site that make excellent sense. I've been here several years & still find something new & interesting every day.
I'm not aware of a particular name for hugels using small green stuff instead of actual logs. I think the main difference between the 2 is longevity.
The drying out issue is mostly dependent on local climate. Hotter drier climates (such as Texas where I started with hugels) seem to do better if they're not raised too much. When fresh logs are used they do tend to need extra water the first year or two. Here in Tennessee we get more consistent rains. Haven't watered here except for flooding it when it was first built.
Have you encountered Ruth Stout composting? It's simply burying kitchen scraps & other compostables directly into the garden. Sort of a hugel-lite approach. Here's the link to the BB for that.
Since you're moving & likely to make a new hugel there let me introduce you to my little friends. Humphrey and Bogart.