Anyone who lives in the southeast knows how much rain we've had. When I built my hugelkulturs I did it to concserve water not to wick it away. It seems that's what's happening though. Many of my plants have died or I have pulled them up due to mold and disease. Not so with the vegetables in the hugelkulturs. None of them seem to be phased by the onslaught of bad weather and we are talking a great variety too. Yet another reason to use this type of permaculture.
I'm right there with ya Scott - 7 inches last week alone. We have seen the same happy hugels & we also have veggies in swales which, other than a couple on the top edge, no problem. in our conventional beds - mush, muck and mold! We're picking berries twice a day and still too many are splitting. ;-( Today was the first day that we actually saw the sunshine in almost 10 days. I was getting a little punchy~
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Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet