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hugel bed along seasonal creek?

 
Kf hunter
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Location: Northeast Washington zone 5a
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I just found out what a hugel bed is due to this site, and now am interested in building a 300 footer along a seasonal creek.
No flow this year in the creek, but on a wetter year it'll flow pretty good. Being the creek is dry this year it'll make a good opportunity to move it, there isn't a permanent creek bed in place due to it only occasionally flowing. On a year it flows a plow makes a temporary creek bed so it doesn't flood.


The creek runs along the bottom of a south facing slope, maybe 20-25 degree slope to the north above the occasionally flowing creek. I've got all the dead cotton wood I could possibly use, and never before had a use for it other than letting it rot where it lands. Now I'm interested in cleaning it all up and making use of the wood.

I wonder if I should build the bed so the creek has to slow down, it's got a gentle grade but I could build this hugel to somewhat elevate the creek and keep the flow slower and less erosive. I'll need to stake a contour and build the bed up to it.

I'd like to plant berry's, all kinds of berry's.






 
Kf hunter
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Location: Northeast Washington zone 5a
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I guess I could also incorporate a shallow spot as a pond of sorts
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy KF, that's what I do on my property. Not so much a hugel but I use the logs to slow the flow down. Seems that beaver have been hugeling streams for centuries .
 
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