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build Hugelkultur before winter?

 
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OK, I've been lurking long enough and I'm going to stop threatening and actually start doing something. I have a bad back and want my land to work for me, not the other way around.

So, I want to start some hugelkultur mounds in the back yard.

We live in southwest Michigan and fall is already here and winter is just around the corner.

Should I start the mounds now, just as the leaves are starting to fall? Or should I wait until the snow starts melting?

I'm guessing your answers will be to start them NOW!

Second question, should I plant the seeds now or wait until spring?
 
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start now, and you can still plant things like winter wheat, winter rye, cover crops, perennial starts, perennial seeds, etc. (I'm North of you North of Cadillac MI)
 
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I agree. Start now. In the spring, all of that melting snow will be feeding your beds long before the soil can be worked.

 
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Hey Adam,

Hugelkultur beds store huge amounts of water in all of that organic matter. Get it done now and you'll get to keep a lot of the water from the Spring rains which should get you through the summer using far less water.

Chris
 
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