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Getting Started With Hugelkultur Beds

 
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Cory Ray wrote:This is my first Hugel bed, I'm in South Texas so I did a buried style. Hopefully it works! The bed is about 2.5ft deep. The long side is oriented north-south so it gets max sun through the day. I'm planning on planting some moringa and/or a trellis on the west side to help protect against that afternoon heat.

The underground portion is mostly bigger logs, with random bits of chopped opuntia and cow manure. The mound part has some smaller sticks/branches, more manure, and coffee grounds. My only concern is that I didn't put enough smaller material on the upper layers

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Hi Im only new to this method, and am going to read through the threads thoroughly on hugelkultur raised beds as well as the doco, however one thing that came to mind straight away regarding this method is termites. By placing wood in the beds and covering them up for rotting, would that not be an optimal environment for termites? My thought was having wood in contact with the ground, and when wet, is optimal for termites, unless it is a hardwood.

I might be wrong, that's why I would love all your feedback.
 
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Megan Gaudry-Weir wrote:Hi Im only new to this method, and am going to read through the threads thoroughly on hugelkultur raised beds as well as the doco, however one thing that came to mind straight away regarding this method is termites. By placing wood in the beds and covering them up for rotting, would that not be an optimal environment for termites? My thought was having wood in contact with the ground, and when wet, is optimal for termites, unless it is a hardwood.

I might be wrong, that's why I would love all your feedback.



Do you have a problem with termites? If you have a nearby structure that's termite susceptible my guess is the termites move into the hugel mound and natural predators keep them in check.
I personally don't mind termites (if I have them in my mound) because they help decompose the logs.  Good luck, Huxley.☺
 
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Huxley Harter wrote:

Megan Gaudry-Weir wrote:Hi Im only new to this method, and am going to read through the threads thoroughly on hugelkultur raised beds as well as the doco, however one thing that came to mind straight away regarding this method is termites. By placing wood in the beds and covering them up for rotting, would that not be an optimal environment for termites? My thought was having wood in contact with the ground, and when wet, is optimal for termites, unless it is a hardwood.

I might be wrong, that's why I would love all your feedback.



Do you have a problem with termites? If you have a nearby structure that's termite susceptible my guess is the termites move into the hugel mound and natural predators keep them in check.
I personally don't mind termites (if I have them in my mound) because they help decompose the logs.  Good luck, Huxley.☺



Thanks for your reply Huxley, we have had old termite damage to some fencing prior to moving in (we have been here since Jan 2018), and a tree had current termite activity which has since been sorted. We do get annual termite inspections, and I guess I am a little paranoid given the damage they can do Im going to do more reading on Hugelkultur Beds method. Thanks, Megan
 
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