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Terracing / hugelkultur / raised beds...?

 
Travis Pence
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I have just moved into my house in IL and I am planning on making some sort of raised beds in my backyard. The yard slopes quite a bit and I was planning on making raised beds and kind of terracing it while also filling them with wood for hugelkultur. Or would it be possible and more beneficial to make mini swails maybe? just wanting some feedback. Thanks!
 
Morgan Morrigan
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Location: Verde Valley, AZ.
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Yeah, dig trenches, pile dirt on downhill side.

Those swales will trap the water, and the wood in the swales holds nutrients and water for roots too..

throw in some old forest soil, near some kind of legume to get some nitrogen fixing fungi/bacteria in there also.

Some folks have had good luck with charring new wood, but old rotten wood is best.


IF you do raised beds, they dry out faster.
You might do a couple where they will be out of cold wind, and get winter sun , tho, for early starts. raised beds warm up quicker.
 
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