Matu Collins wrote:I have begun a hugelbeet and am about to add to it. I have access to a generous supply of charred logs from the local land trust's bonfire to "get rid of" a lot of wood from the past season's storms.
What role could charred logs play in hugelkultur? Is it biochar? Would it be beneficial to stick the logs in there like biochar or would it be too strongly alkaline like ash?
We put some in the bed that we built already, so time will tell, but I am wondering if we should use them again for the next segment. We could use a little, a lot, or none.
Has anyone done anything like this before?
Matu Collins wrote:Thanks Jay, that is exactly the kind of answer I was hoping for! In the part of the bed that we have already built, we put down the rotty wood first and then the charred logs on top of that with brush and leaf mould all in between.
In the continuationj of the bed, do you think it would make more sense to put the charred logs on the bottom and the rotty ones on top? once we had finished the bed I began to think this would have been better. It seems as the logs rot the plants above will be able to use the more soil-like rotten wood more easily than the slow rotting charred logs.
Or, as in most things permaculture, I suppose mixing rotty and charred all in, without distinct layers, would be best. Would that be more "edge" inside the bed?
Really it seems that just piling up a bunch of compostable stuff will make a fine bed eventually. It is nice to hear from people who have experience with this.