dj niels wrote:Kadence, I don't know what climate you are in. Do you get enough rain to water these mounds? or will you need to use a sprinkler or soaker hose? That would impact what and how you plant. Also, from my reading, it seems to be very important to put plenty of soil over the wood so roots have room to spread. I know with my first attempt at a hugel mound, I didn't cover it deep enough and the wood keeps peeping out, and the bed dries up very quick.
What direction does your bed run? A south facing slope could be a very different microclimate than a north facing one, the same with east facing versus west facing.
As far as what to plant, most of the things I have read suggest doing a polyculture--just throw out a variety of seeds, or poke them into the soil at random, and see what grows. Last year I found a pasture-blend seed mixture (at my local farm supply store) for non-irrigated pastures that I intended to try, but didn't get a bed ready in time.
Alice Kaspar wrote:I have some acreage in southern Missouri, and this is EXACTLY what I'm thinking of doing, too. It was lightly logged, and the tops are still in the woods. I'm going to cut the tops up, stack as if for Hugul beds where I want to slow the run-off, add vegetation/hay/goat berries, then drop pigeon peas and apple seeds in the beds. Maybe other seeds, too.
I'm very new at learning about permaculture, but I figure my experiments in the forest won't hurt anything!
Brenda Groth wrote:first, duct tape is great in repairing wheelborrow holes and also maybe some fix a flat for the tire if you can't afford repairs..
another thing that is useful is a tarp to lie things on and then you or you and someone else pull the tarp around with stuff on it to move larger amounts of stuff..
there were a lot of PIONEER type ways to move logs ..you might try to find out some of those..there are carriers you can make to carry them on your back..etc.