Some random thoughts on hugelculture that I would love some input on:
- Paul said in a podcast that a two foot high bed would give you 2 weeks additional growth on either side of the season. So a 2 foot bed would extend your season up to one month in total. Would a 6 foot bed potentially give you and additional 3 months of growth? It seems to make sense as raised beds act as thermal batteries warming up before the surrounding ground level soil -- creating micro-climates in the soil.
- raised beds are best for veggies and fruits but grains may be better suited on flat field grown in succession and polyculture of course.
- What should the base width of a 6 foot bed be? I am aiming for 4 feet. That would mean you would effectively triple your growing space! You go from 4 feet of flat land to at least 12 feet of "edge" land. Possibly triple production simply with some mounds with rotting stuff in them
- Fukuoka practiced hugelculture! Not only did he bury organic matter, he built "ridges" or mounds with wood in them. Great minds.
- Organic matter hold on to water for a long, long time. I have some bails of hay that got wet last spring, almost 6 months with no rain. Many parts are still moist and filled with earth worms.
After burning through the drip stuff and the french press stuff, Paul has the last, ever, coffee maker. Better living through buying less crap.