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Hugelkultur in dry sandy region.

 
musa sani
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Location: NW Nigeria: at the edge of the Sahara, which is moving my way. Temperatures from 30-43 C (86-115 F)
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Hi please,I like to build a big hugul beds,in a sandy region.its Rainy season from June to October and I want
Know if I could setup these beds in long lines,to plant some millet and beans in between.
And after the raining season if I could plant some corn and vegetables on the hugel beds?
second thing is that,are the only trees I have for making the hugel beds.
Locus beans tree
Acacias
Gum tree
Mango tree and
Adansonia. but I think I should leave these one out.superstition.

PLEASE I REALLY NEED ANY INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP.
THANKS.
 
John Polk
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Welcome to permies.com Musa.
You haven't said where you are located, but having gums and Adasonia available makes me guess Australia, the only continent where both are native.

The baobab is a magnificant tree indeed. You would not want to cut one just for material for a hugel bed, but if you have access to already cut wood, I see no problem with using it...a tree that gives life while standing, can do the same once fallen. The tree of life can give life to the foods you grow as well as spiritual life to the humans around it. Please, tell us more about yourself, and the region where you wish to raise a permaculture food system.

 
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I don't know about appropriate species, but here's a good thread about hugelkultur in hot a arid climate
I don't live in one, but even in my temperate, but very sandy location
I find traditional above-ground hugels (or beds of any kind) have major irrigation issues.
Burying wood under soil that's at, or even below the surrounding soil-level takes a lot of digging but it works really well.
 
musa sani
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John Polk wrote:Welcome to permies.com Musa.
You haven't said where you are located, but having gums and Adasonia available makes me guess Australia, the only continent where both are native.

The baobab is a magnificant tree indeed. You would not want to cut one just for material for a hugel bed, but if you have access to already cut wood, I see no problem with using it...a tree that gives life while standing, can do the same once fallen. The tree of life can give life to the foods you grow as well as spiritual life to the humans around it. Please, tell us more about yourself, and the region where you wish to raise a permaculture food system.



Yes sir,I really don't want to cut down any tree for that.my region is bordering the Sahara,I can't do that even if I want.
I plan to get them at the mid of this season when people are shaping and
Reducing branches of trees in their farms.

I'm from northern Nigeria at the core north.
Alot of people here watching Avery year as their yield declined due to land degradation,
Desertification and unskilled farming.

I want to give hugelkurtur try if it could be one of the step to The right direction.
Gov.is trying with afforestation,farmers should do something too

You could please help with other methods

Thank you.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/email
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