paul wheaton wrote: It would be cool to someday have a big grid that shows trees down the left side and uses across the top and the grid shows a number in what it would be good for. And one column could be "value inside hugelkultur" and another could be "value as an edge on a raised bed"
eric firpo wrote:there's a huge black walnut tree on a farm i'm sharing that will be trimmed in the near future, and i want to use the wood for a hugelbed. i've seen comments here that black walnut is a no-no for hugelkultur, but has anyone actually used black walnut in a hugelbed, and was there a problem? thanks!
Paul Wheaton wrote:I am curious about stuff like black walnut or cherry. I suspect that they will be fine cuz their ick while they are alive is probably not happening while they are rotting away.
Brenda Groth wrote:Dale everything you just said makes complete sense to me
Bryan Milne wrote:
Even if certain species are considered "alleopathic" are they always going to pose a problem for hugelkultur beds, or only take longer to break down/decay?
Tyler Ludens wrote:Oak is perfect in my opinion. I use lots of oak.
paul wheaton wrote:When it comes to spruce, fir and pine - all of these will work fine. They won't work as well as cottonwood or poplar, but most hugelkultur beds I've heard of are using spruce fir or pine. Check out this video where Mark is using spruce - looks like it is working pretty damn good
Lisa Paulson wrote:Yikes, I piled mostly maple branches with some other fresh prunings 3 feet high, 6 feet wide and 50 feet long to make a berm to deflect road noise away from my house a bit and create privacy in the future in my front yard living space off my house from the road with the eventual landscape mix of ornamentals and food plantings . I am leaving this uncovered through spring until drier weather to facilitate the branches dying before I attempt to cover them and not regrowing . Now I wondering how long I should leave it exposed to sunlight and air before covering to ensure it does not grow ? My yard looks like a beaver built a dam in front of it .
Lisa Paulson wrote:
Good to know about the maple as I am intending to plant some intentionally in my perimeter shelterbelt for pollarding fuel for a woodstove. You know the old saying about the road to hell being paved by good intentions ...
Neal Styka wrote:I was considering making a hugelkutur bed with some mulberry limbs and branches I cut down when I pollarded the tree earlier this winter but had someone suggest that perhaps Mulberry like willow might sprout and then root. Any thoughts on if this is likely or not?
Lisa Paulson wrote:Dale I googled red alder, is it the regular alder we see growing here native in our BC coast ? If so I have one baby alder tree in my "nursery" for transplanting into the hedgerow in due time. I am planting a lot of variety into it but I do have only 4 acres total and have to optimize it as I have a lot on the go in 4 acres : )
I have just started adding stable waste from the barn to cover the wooden branches in the berm 50 feet long, 6 feet wide and 3 feet high before this addition . It will take months yet.