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Hugel in Community garden plot

 
Annie Howell-Adams
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After reading about hugelkulture, and the idea of less frequent watering, I decided it would be great to try it out at my new community garden plot. I've taken pictures over the past month and a half that it took me to put this together, a few hours here and there. I started with a grassy plot, covered it with cardboard, wheelbarrowed in wood chips donated from the county road crew, found logs and kelp on the beaches of our island, (San Juan Island). Found a huge dead log that I dug out for loamy rotten wood, full of fungus. There was a bit of hauling with 5 gallon buckets, I hope this all works out.
The community garden folks let me dig out one of their full compost bins, that's the black gold on top. I'm thinking about bring in a thin layer of low grade clay-ish dirt for soil structure to cap off before spring planting.
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mounds covered with black compost, scraps from local restaurants
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20 x 20 space
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gathering kelp off the beach
 
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Howdy Annie, welcome to permies. Looks great so far. keep us updated on how it goes.
It seems like we have had a few folks from your island show us what they are doing.
Must be a good community there.
 
Annie Howell-Adams
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Thanks Miles, we do have an interesting community. We recently voted to ban GMOs in our county, as well as jet-skis, it's great to live in a progressive county. Here are a few more photos. AN ancient fir tree, 4 feet at the base fell over several years ago. The interior was all rotten. I've hollowed it out and hauled it over to my garden plot. All fall there's been piles of kelp on the beaches too. It breaks down pretty fast and should add some nice minerals to the mix.
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digging out the inner tree, full of fungus and rotten loamy wood
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beds with wooden wood and kelp on top
 
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Adding more material to the hugel mounds, coffee grounds, layers of clayish dirt, compost, leaves and straw to cap it all off. The beds are 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. Not a huge hugel, we'll see how it works this growing season. The outer beds will acts as a wind buffer for inner bed. Thinking about making a few hoops to start to grow greens early under shelter.
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