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peach trees on hugelbed?

 
Brenda Groth
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I had 4 standard peach trees come this spring, I put two in sandy soil in our rear food forest area, but I am trying something with 2 others, a Red Haven Peach and a Hale haven peach standard. I put on on each end of my new baby hugelbed. they aren't on the very top, they are on the ends, where the ends of the logs are covered with topsoil and slopes down. They are smallish whips with good roots on them. I have planted one side of the hugelbed this spring with mixed lettuces and the other side with mixed microgreens spicey asian and spicey italian blends..It is too early here in Michigan to plant much on that bed..but I do have plans for beans, corn and squash on the top of the bed and probably spinach along the bottom wettest area among other things.

I was wondering has anyone done something similar with fruit (or peach) trees on their hugelbeds and how has it worked out for you.
The photos were taken last fall when we finished building the bed, but before planting.
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Brenda Groth
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I am putting annual vegetables on right away to get the ground covered but also plan to put on perennial crops as I am able to do so. I have in a pot a maximillian sunflower and I have plans to put comfrey near each peach tree. I also have some kiwi vines in pots waiting for frostfree weather to plant them out and am THINKING of maybe putting them on a trellis over this hugelbed, but I'm not sure about that yet..and would appreciate opinions. Kiwi like moist soil and the soil at the base of this hugelbed is wet..as there is a high water table in this area. Kiwi also like partial shade which they would get from the peach trees, however I'm not really sure if I want to shade the entire bed with a trellis supporting the kiwi or not. If I did it would work well for things like salad greens like I'm putting on it this spring, and it is just a few steps away from our east deck (i was standing on that deck taking the above photographs) . the deck has pear trees planted along it's length, you can see the shadows of some of the pear trees in the photos above. The kiwi I have are the smaller very hardy ones ..one male and 4 female..I was thinkinig of just planting the male and one or two females on this area and the other females maybe over a trellis on the deck, which would be close to the male for polllination...I know very little other than what I have read about growing kiwi.
 
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