Finally been able to do a few things with my new two acre homestead.
One of the things the old tenants left me with is a large clean up of the property.
Toward the back of the property is a large pit, about 20 feet wide and two feet deep.
The pit is filled with old pine logs and branches to about one foot above ground level.
Instant hugelkultur, no?
I was going to have the pit cleaned out, but now I think that I'll just have some fill hauled in and cover it.
Maybe first add some more branches.
What do you think? Is this a good beginning?
I'm really getting excited about this.
I called a company that can bring in a dump truck of fill.
They asked if I wanted sand, clay, or topsoil.
I'm thinking sand which is pretty much the soil I have here in South Carolina. That is at $210. a 20 ton load.
Topsoil would be $370. a load.
Would greatly appreciate any thoughts on this.
definitely the top soil, you will probably grow more than the difference in price this year.
I agree. Top soil will be much closer to what you want to end up with.
Sand is relatively 'inert', containing practically no nutrients or soil food web life.
It would take much longer for a sandy pile to become rich, tilthy soil.
A good top soil will already contain many of the building blocks that true soil needs for development.
Topsoil it is.
I can probably split the load with half going to the hugelkultur and half to another area that also has a planned garden.
Ten ton of topsoil should cover the hugulkultur nicely.
I'm not 100% but I believe I heard Paul say in one or more video's that conifers are not very good in hugelkulture beds so you might want to explore this further before investing in topsoil and building the beds.
Your right Michael...conifers typically contain compounds which resist rot. Where I live the western red cedar is a good example. If the logs/wood is already starting to decay then things should be fine.
Jamie Wallace wrote:[quote
conifers typically contain compounds which resist rot. Where I live the western red cedar is a good example. If the logs/wood is already starting to decay then things should be fine.
Depends on the conifer, and the deciduous. Around here Eastern White Pine decays very fast. Oaks not so much. black locust not at all.
Topher Belknap wrote:
Depends on the conifer, and the deciduous. Around here Eastern White Pine decays very fast. Oaks not so much. Black locust not at all.
Great points Topher...funny how statements regarding most living systems are not obsolete...
That surprises me about Black locus, I assumed the nitrogen rick material would have an easier time breaking down.
Reading past posts, berries such as blueberry and elderberry seem to like the acidic environment.
I seem to have many beauty berry (small blueberry) bushes growing wild around the property.