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Awesome idea for growing strawberry polycultures made possible with hugelkulture

 
dan long
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Admitedly, "awesome idea" is definitly tooting my own horn and maybe quite audacious from me to describe as such. This is an apifany I had just now and I want to share it with you folks. Perhaps someone will find it useful.

Any and all criticism is welcome. If you have something to add, please do. If you want to inform me that I am a (fornicating) dumb (pack animal) becuase this idea couldn't possibly work for whatever reason, please speak your mind and save me a season of poor yeild. I will very much appreciate it!

The conundrum i ran across is that strawberries have many allies in the world of companion planting, but they are both sun loving and low growing. This means that and companions would have to be even lower growing so as to not block out the sun and reduce strawberry yeild. My first idea was to grow the in a long colum with companions frowing ont he north and south sides so as not to block out the sun. Admitedly, this might work, but hugelkulture provides a better solution.

If one were to make a hugel mound, the strawberries could go on top and the other plants could go on the sides, low enough to as not to bloack the sun AT ALL. Strawberries go on th tippy top along with onions whos thin leaves are unlikely to cause problems, lettuce below that, spinach below that, sage carraway and lupin under that, bush beans next and borage at th berry bottom. after everything is established, i would throw in dandelion and plantain seeds (both local weeds with medicinal and edible uses).

again, all criticism welcome. Maybe I have missed some invaluably important principal of gardening in all of this and the idea will fail. If that is the case, i would appreciate your criticism.
 
mike mclellan
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Dan, from my own experience and those of others discussed in the hugelkultur failures thread, be sure to have sufficient soil on the top of your bed to let the berries really root deeply. Be sure to keep your berries well watered as the tops of you hugelbeets will dry out more quickly when you are first establishing them (in my experience anyway!).
On a plants used note, have you considered using chives and or garlic chives as companions? Being perennial, they could both help build/hold your soil on the upper slopes. As strawberries like some extra nitrogen, perhaps you could consider some crimson clover near your row to help with the feeding. I don't know how well they reseed because they are annuals, but they don't grow too tall either ( this is the first year I've used them and they didn't exceed about 10 inches (4cm) tall. Perennial white clover might serve the purpose as well over the longer term. They are low growing and when they spread where you don't want them they shouldn't be too tough to chop back. Good luck with your project.
 
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