Sorry for posting this I'm sure it's all been discussed before but this is time sensitive for various reasons, trust me. So I started about a 15 foot long with a 7 foot long "L" shape 4 feet deep on the most logical land I had access to, I also had access to some very hard wood, I chucked it all down in there and it's almost even with the top, I just put into works the ordering of large mulch from a man who deals in firewood, his scrap leftover product.... I figured I'd pour all of this to level it up higher.... I have Friday 8/17/12 off. Also toying with he idea of layering in lots of compost and whatever else. Also I will likely throw all of this wood back up, fill in more of the sandy soil so there's only 2 feet deep, put the wood back in and then proceed with the rest of the stuff I mentioned above. I need help from you folks. With what to do and how to do it. Looking to talk with someone about it, maybe send some pics of my layout ideally chat over cell about it. I'm in Franklin county, Verizon cell. One more fact: sandy soil area. I gotta get back to work. Thanks for any help!
sorry you didn't get the responses and help you needed, but I hope you went ahead and built the beds..
throw in anything you can find and mix that sandy soil with whatever organic stuff you can when you cover it back up..and mulch..you should have a great bed for some fall planting or a bed ready for spring..let us know if you were able to get it worked on
Bloom where you are planted.
I would have posted sooner but I only check this forum about once a week, and I was busy building my own bed.
I planted it with a mix of alfalfa and white clover, and added some mulch to prevent drying. (Necessary in this 32C weather).
It was also newish wood (from earlier this year) so I figure it needs more nitrogen to balance things out. Thinking of putting some garlic in for the fall - one plant that will survive the winter, and not get eaten by deer...
Thank you very much everyone. I will try all of this helpful advice. I feel a lot better about all of the sand i have to deal with. I will toss most of the logs up on out of there and layer in the sand and logs, and organic matter, like hugel lasagna. that would allow the mounding I'm looking for without going overboard and buying topsoil and compost. I just want to get this as right as I can. I can't remember if I asked about what the best ideas for nitrogen fixers would be be they plants shrubs or tree, ideally something as useful as possible for my upstate ny Franklin county area. Seeking best advice or at least a trustworthy source to research. Thanks again folks.
Thank you! I will try and put up a pic or two with a common reference tossed in the middle of my hugel pit so you get the size. Just last night I walked a corn maze at a local farm and luckily was able to sit around a fire with two of the farmers and i got great advice from them on what local veg to plant as their farm is 8 minutes away. Here's what I quickly typed down I have to do some more research on this some may be misspelled anyway but this is what I wrote: Red root plants buckwheat pea family. Buckwheat- till it back in for organic matter. Peas, beans, carrots. Squash near outside keep them crawling away from the other plants, zucchini plants, raspberries, (grapes?), blackberries do very well on stone walls. Swisschard.
I forgot to mention I have a 7 foot stone wall that is very long perpendicular to my hugel. Will probably manually dig another hugel parallel to make use of the stone wall. Thanks, I gotta punch in for work now.