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Hugelkultur by accident...

 
Jamie Wallace
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Location: Lantzville, Vancouver Island,BC Cool temperate, Lat. 49.245 Zone 8a
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Hello everyone
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...
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August 2013...squash going nuclear.
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Downhill side of bed, about 5
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South side (uphill) after top dressing with compost
 
Wyll Greenewood
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Jamie,

Good to see the success you have had thus far. How did you move all that soil?
 
Jamie Wallace
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Location: Lantzville, Vancouver Island,BC Cool temperate, Lat. 49.245 Zone 8a
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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.
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Backhoe in the background
 
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