Abe Coley wrote:there is a somewhat widely used comment application called Disqus, that is used with increasing frequency on some pretty large media websites. I registered an account and posted a few comments with the link to the article.
I posted the following comment on a new article in time magazine's website, and 5 hours later it's still the top comment!
the article: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2105169,00.html?artId=2105169%3FcontType%3Darticle%3Fchn%3DsciHealth
As a young farmer living in the arid intermountain west of the USA, I can't recommend enough how valuable the technique of hugelkultur is. A German word that literally means "mount garden," hugelkultur is simply the practice of burying large volumes of wood under gardens. As the wood breaks down it becomes spongy and absorbs any rain that falls throughout the year, holding that water and making it available to your plants during a prolonged dry season. It works and it's awesome. Hugelkultur has the potential to enable food production in places previously thought to be unfarmable, enhancing food security for everyone. Paul Wheaton's website has tons of info on it: www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur
Neal McSpadden wrote:Probably the most effective thing to do would be to start a business that creates hugelkultur beds for people, grows crops for them, harvests them, and then maybe cooks for them.
I could see an ad saying something like "Want fresh from the garden fruits and vegetables, but don't have the time or a green thumb? Call Wheaton's Gardens today! You'll get fresh strawberries (or whatever) straight from your garden without any of the work."
Or maybe "Why spend another minute in a grocery store? Call Wheaton's Gardens today and have fresh food grown and delivered straight to your kitchen!"
I got a note yesterday from Chelsea Green Publishing saying that Martha Stewart had recommended Gaia's Garden in her weekly newspaper column as a "favorite, essential" gardening book. It was just a couple of sentences, but it's another indication that we're hitting the mainstream . . . and that's going to have all sorts of effects, on us, as well as the mainstream. (It also resulted in CGP getting a huge order from a giant book distributor, Ingram).
Abe Coley wrote:TO DO: write up an Instructables article on how to build a hugelkultur raised garden bed. With links, of course.
aman inavan wrote:I have written a post on Hugelkultur on the selfsufficientish forum here in the UK http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25461
I included links to Paul's article
Adam Russell wrote:Great article, thanks so much. I just posted it to 700 friends on the ole facebook. So by my math only assuming how many it has reached prior to my stumbling upon it. I think that 50 million isn't to far away. Hugelculture welcome to main stream conversation! Thanks Sepp.
Chris Kott wrote:Hi all,
I think there's some merit to the idea of writing new articles about hugelkultur projects with pictures, before and after, and videos people can link to,
Phil Hawkins wrote:I work with two people that have vegie gardens. One follows Square Foot Gardening, the other is a little less formal, but generally similar approach. Both use lots of fertiliser, etc.
I am doing my damndest to talk them into adjusting their approach to include hugelkultur. So that's two people... it's better than none
nancy sutton wrote:Did someone say NATIONAL EXPOSURE ? !! Vote by midnight tonight!
As 'shouted' in a couple of other threads (maybe here, but I've overlooked it?) - we have til midnight tonight to get a national award from the White House and a MTV show for Permaculture!! Vote (3 times!) for the Amherst College Permaculture Initiative to win a contest for best college student beneficial project!!
Maybe Paul could (quickly) notify his 'evil' email list minions ;)
Chad Ellis wrote:Pinned the article on my pintrest. Seems to be growing in popularity. Lets see if this helps. Feel free to repin. http://pinterest.com/pin/55098795411112174/
Chris Kott wrote:
If you want to publish privately, and are looking for someone to print on demand, you can let me know (I just happen to work as the production manager in my parents' print shop and book bindery; our specific focus is on-demand short-run books, just FYI).
nancy sutton wrote:
Are someone's prayers being answered? Is Paul smiling yet?
nancy sutton wrote:And the Mother Earth News magazine just arrived with the top article of "Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food with Less Work" described as "combine permaculture gardening techniques and edible landscaping ingenuity to grow perennial vegetables. You'll harvest food year after year - with less work than growing annual crops." It highlights Eric Toensmeier and Bethann Weick, with a short overview of Permaculture. Toby's book is a reference; polyculture is described as 'layering' for diversity. Can hugelcultur be far behind in the mag?
Erica Strauss wrote:Well, I'm writing a blog post right now about building some hugelkultur beds and was searching out links to send people to if they wanted more information from people who knew what the hell they were talking about (I.e, not me) and listed your article as my recommended #1 "Start Here" article. Your article also shows as the top ranked google result for the search 'hugelkultur' so I've got to think that anyone who is even remotely looking is finding your article. So the question REALLY is, how to get more people looking?
I'm not a big deal or anything in the blogging world, but I sense more and more people are talking about permaculture and this technique in particular. If it doesn't blow up in 2012 it will in 2013. In a good way. It's an idea who's time has come.
Your site has a pagerank of 3. Not bad!
My personal experience with the beds is limited, as they are a month or so old and as-yet unplanted, but I temped my soil a few weeks ago (Seattle area) and my traditional raised beds were all right around 42 degrees. Those under winter-long low tunnel plastic cloching were 43-44. The hugelkulture bed I built that gets the most sun was 47 (!) degrees. The ones in more shade were 45/46. That is a staggering difference in soil temp.
To put it in context, the deep litter in the chicken coop was 48.
If your offer to share your images and pics is still valid I will embed the illustrations from your article into my post. Let me know, I should be posting in the next few days.
Jock Gill wrote:Paul,
For starters, I would put a link to the article in the very first post in this thread. Currently it is a pain to have to leave this thread to hunt around for it. Make the "end-user experience" fun an d easy -- not obscure.
Secondly, I would look to find ways to break down silos. Make a list of all of the ideas that are compatible with permaculture and then find leaders in each field and work with them?