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Too much rain!

 
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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.
 
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Scott , that is good info to have. Thanks!
 
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That's interesting I will keep that in mind. Thank you.
 
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It seems hugelkultur allows just the right amount of water to stay in the soil.
 
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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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This is good to know. My wife and I may move to where they get 76 inches of rain annually.
 
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I imagine its by design being that the berm irrigates the water.
 
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I don't have any Hugels but I mulch extensively with wood mulch and everything appears to be doing well despite over a foot of rain in the past 10 days...
 
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