I'm relatively new to the Permaculture world, although I have been involved with growing plants all my life.
Last year I built a new, what I thought was a mound, hugelkultur bed without knowing it. The base of the bed is full of rotten wood, branches and some old blackberry canes. I placed about 30-40 cu yards of soil on top of this and used it as a squash mound last year. It produced over 1000 lbs...
It's a funny spot, north sloping growing area so creating a south facing growing area required a fair amount of soil depth on the downhill side.
I'm going to build another one of these beside this one and maintain a path for walking and frost flow..I'll take images as its built. This new bed will be planted in more of a perennial (traditional if you like) permaculture fashion.
Ow, the north side just received a heavy planting of Comfrey last week-end
ps Thanks Paul Wheaton for this great website and forum...
When I was younger a wheelbarrow would do...these days I have a little help from an old Cat 416b backhoe which I run 50/50 Diesel/Veg oil in the warmer months.
We have owned mini excavators, bobcats, track loaders but this machine is by far my favorite from a versatility stand point.