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Not a hugel bed...but what GREW IN IT. Holy mammoth radish.

 
Gary Park
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So today while walking by my hugel bed admiring all of the plants who have not been watered for some months now(it's later June, been in the 90's for a few weeks, not much consistent rain), I saw something BULGING out of the ground. Much to my amazement, the largest radish I've ever seen was pushing the onions to the side to make room for it's alien bulging root! I have never seen such growth as in this hugel bed with pure compost on top. Built the bed last fall, so it's had a little time to establish some beneficial soil life, and this year only using rainwater probably helped(early spring when the plants were tiny). By the way, I have large hands too-that isn't a child's hand like they do to sell jumbo strawberries. he he.

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Guess I should add some of the bed for good measure--Actually built it last July(in 1 of the pics), one is May 12'th, one is June 2'nd;
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That's great Gary. I wonder how it tastes though.

I'm loving the raised bed Hugel, I want to do the same when I am able to move down to my Ozarks land. What do you have under the wood?

 
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Didn't care to eat it after my last taste(mouth burning...water! water!)--gave it to the chickens. Under the wood is some cardboard, then the ground/dirt.
 
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Kind of small. Now this is a radish:



I'm guessing by the green at the top that it has some Korean radish genes in it, but I've never seen one split into so many roots. I only get a few (<10%) that are even twinned. And you're right, they do make good chicken chow, my birds will demolish a huge radish in no time.
 
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That is one bulbous radish in the video. I'm sure there are excellent ways of cooking a large radish like that to be able to eat it, but I'm too busy right now to bother. But here's a couple current(6/22/13) shots of the hugel bed...a little fuller, but not to maximum yet. Probably plant some seeds for fall crops sometime soon since the Red Cabbages will be harvested--they can start growing in the cabbage shade, and then I'll harvest the cabbage and give them full sun.
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Gary, that growth is awesome. I'm going to come kidnap you and bring you down to Texas Co. when I am ready to move down to my land.
 
Gary Park
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J.T. Croteau wrote:Gary, that growth is awesome. I'm going to come kidnap you and bring you down to Texas Co. when I am ready to move down to my land.

That just might be a possibility(as long as the kidnapping comes with pay), as I'm studying to become a Permaculture designer.
 
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I've got 5 acres 18 miles East of Cabool I am chomping at the bit to get down to start working on. I will be heading down in October for two months for initial planning and work.
 
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