Nick Herzing wrote:
- I see talk on here about the give and take of different plants and how planting mixed plants (as opposed to the traditional "rows") works really well. How do you know which plants will help/hurt each other, is there a book or database or something that tells attributes like root depth and nutrient intake/output? I have a few ideas of plants I would like to try, but I'm willing to just select the ones that will grow best with each other.
There is a book called "carrots love tomatoes" that might help for this.
- Weeds. Everyone I know who does gardening or farming pulls weeds and/or uses weed killer, but they all use "conventional" methods. From my understanding there are a few ways to minimize or even eliminate the problem of weeds. What methods for this work with huglekultur? I am not opposed to pulling weeds but if there is a good method to take care of this for me I sure would be interested.
Mulching will help with weeds, Straw or woodchips in pathways. In the end there will be some weeding involved. Just pull them and smile at the free fertilizer!
- Water. I know huglekultur is great because the wood acts as a sponge so it requires less water. Does this mean that I will never have to water or just water less (this probably depends on my area, and in Michigan we usually get pretty decent rainfall, if that helps any)?
Mulching will also help with water. Protecting the garden from wind will help too. Until the roots get down into the spongy hugel they might need some water.
- This is a silly question, but where do I get seeds? I know there are a bunch of different stores I can go to in my area, but I just want to make sure there aren't any problems with regular seeds I would get from a standard gardening store. I'm assuming I would only have to order them online or by-mail if I was looking for really particular types, but I am not too picky with what I grow right now. Eventually I would like to save seeds to use from year to year so I don't have to keep buying, but obviously I need to start somewhere.
You can buy them from the store. Look for heirlooms if you want to save seeds. Start getting caqtalogs delivered. Go online and request them. The catalogs will teach you a lot about the plants too.
- When should I be planting/harvesting? I am assuming I need to be getting started within the next few weeks.
Are there other gardeners around you? Are they planting yet? What do the native trees and flowers look like? Some things come out very early some wait till it is good and warm. These are good things to be aware of for clues to planting. Seed packets will say something about when to plant also.