• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • James Freyr
master gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Leigh Tate

First Year Hugelbed Plants?

Posts: 53
Location: Florissant, CO
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We are in the process of installing a food forest at a school in Cripple Creek Colorado (elevation 9440'). To mitigate our high winds, we are surrounding the whole area with 6' hugelbeds. We will have roughly 3000 square feet of hugelbeds to plant. I'm hoping to utilize it as a way for students to earn scholarship money--which can be used for permaculture courses, adventurous educational endeavors and standard academic paths. We probably won't be able to plant anything this summer until late July. I have tons of questions, but I'm going to try to hone it down to the most pertinent for this project. Thanks for any help you can provide!

-In order to keep wind-blockage to a maximum as the pile shrinks, I want to put perennial shrubs/plants on the top of the hugelbeds. Can I do this the first year or do I have to wait for the pile to settle before planting perennials? Plants I'm contemplating for the tops--Jerusalem Artichoke, Siberian Pea Shrub, Raspberry, Serviceberry, Comfrey, Rhubarb, Maxmillian Sunflowers... Any recommendations are appreciated.

-The hugelbeds won't have the soil on them until probably mid-July which means we only have about a month (or so) of growing season left. Should we plant a cover crop or should I just mulch for the winter? If a cover crop, what kind? Probably some heavy nitrogen fixers and erosion-controllers with our heavy rains...

Thanks for any input.
Posts: 49
Location: New Castle, IN
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would go ahead and plant anything you wanted. It should all grow, you just won't have the harvest. I have planted mine this spring right after construction and it is doing great. I have strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and all the typical veggie stuff.
Just the other day, I was thinking ... about this tiny ad:
Greenhouse of the Future ebook - now free for a while
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic