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Rob Lisa
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Location: North Carolina, Zone 7B
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When I started my aquaponics setup, I dug a smallish (4 foot x 8 foot x 3 foot) pond. Ended up using a different tank so I decided to use that for hugelkultur. I filled it with wet logs and decomposed matter, mostly oak limbs and bamboo. Next, a friend and I built a retaining wall out of 2" hickory lumber from a local mill. Filled that with a dead oak that was razed a year ago. Next I put a bunch of hedge trimmings on top until they were mounded slightly above the bed. I'm adding compost and manure, though I only have one bag of each so it won't go far. Anyway, it is off to a start.
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Scott Stiller
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I dig it. 😀 I'm not ballsy enough to add bamboo but I do hope it works for you. I built one similar last year as drought protection. Well then we have the wettest summer on record! Everyone else gardens failed but not mine. All the excess water stayed far enough down to prevent wet feet. I planted beets, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and black eyed peas and it all did wonderful. Just be careful to have all the wood completely covered by dirt and other organics. Any wood sticking out will wick moisture away from the plants. Thanks for posting.
 
Rob Lisa
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Hey Scott, I'm in NC as well. Crazy weather here lately.

The bamboo was cut, dried, then buried under wet mud for 8 months or so. If it sprouts, well, I will be surprised. :0

Funny you mention the drought proofing turning into water protection. I get both routinely. Dry as a bone one week, flooded the next. I'm hoping this will help.

I did not know that all the wood had to be buried. I have a few odd branches sticking out. I'll see they get buried. Thanks!
 
Scott Stiller
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I'm looking forward to seeing some pics of what is sure to be a very productive bed.
 
Rob Lisa
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Funny you should mention that, I forgot pics of the brush layer.
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