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Is this a silly location for a hugelkultur bed?

 
Brian Cummings
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I have a pile of old wood and debris I had been considering as a location for a new hugelkultur bed. I'm wondering if putting it so close to my fence is just a bad idea. I fear I'll have a lack of sunshine. Currently, I have fairly good luck growing kale, potatoes, and garlic in this locations over the past 5 years. Any thoughts or questions? Maybe I answered it myself?
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garage area
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How close is it going to be to the fence?

I think you have answered your own question on what to grow. Though, as evidenced in Paul's video, Mark Vander Meer's hugelkultur bed demonstrates that water-loving plants can be grown in them. So, maybe, you will be able to grow more than just kale, potatoes, and garlic there. If there is space between the fence and the hugelkultur bed, then some shade loving plants might work on the other side.
 
Karen Walk
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Is the pile of logs right up against the fence? If so, I would not put a hugel bed there only because your fence will become part of the hugel bed.
 
Brian Cummings
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Actually, my intent is to move the pile about 5 feet in front of where it is now. Then 3-4 feet wide in front of that 5 foot mark. Also, then putting along the garage which is to the left and bottom of the wood pile picture. The wood pile is on the west edge of the property and the garage is on the south wnd. However, the hugelkultur would then be on the north end of the garahe. I can grow some things there, but not very well. This is the last place that snow melts in my yard.

Essentially, it would have a North East opening, which of course is the exact opposite of the more optimal (as I've read) South West. I just think it would look silly the other way, and I also have to keep the peace at home.
 
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Instead of the humpy/cylindrical shape that is considered typical of hugelkultur beds; what if it was a big half-spherical mound?

Edit: This thread about a hugelbed strawberry tower may be helpful...
 
Ethan Thompson
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Brian, where are you located and how tall is that garage?

You can look up the sun angle coming over the garage during the growing months and calculate how far the mound should be from the garage. The top of the hugel mound will get a bit of a boost by being higher than ground level. might be the difference needed to make that space more productive.
 
Brian Cummings
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The garage area does get some sun, but I think I will try to move a good portion of it off the garage a bit. Currently, the bed is about 1.5 feet away, and I think I only really get early morning and late afternoon sun there. Nothing during the day unless it's several feet out. I have been looking/wondering if there are some edible berry plants that grow in limited sun, but I sense I'll get little harvest there. The garage area may also be something I build down the road, dependent on current wood supply.

I've been storing logs, branches, yard waste, compost for about a year. Hopefully, I'll have enough. My main goal is to make the area a little bit more neighbor friendly in addition to added growing capacity. The pile of yard waste is loved by the wildlife, but my Roundup wielding neighbor finds it a major eyesore, and actually chastised me yesterday for how "ugly" it looked. This is just after she whipped out the industrial size jug of Roundup with built in sprayer head. It took all I could to not say to her "perhaps those weeds are telling you something", but I also know that I have to do everything possible to keep the city from paying me a very expensive visit. There are some mighty "illegal" things going on in my yard. Nothing terrible, but the city has given us an inch by allowing folks to plant in the parkway. I've, with mother nature's help, taken several miles.
 
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