This is the first Hugelkultur bed since I moved out on my new farm. I've built others but didn't take as many pictures of the building process. The wind can get crazy out here, so I chose to wet the outer layer of soil and spread it on. Spreading the wet soil on also helped with making the bed steeper, the only drawback being that when it dried it was hard and resembled a desert. The plants didn't seem to mind after being planted in soft soil pockets, and then when the bed was mulched with straw the soil softened up again. The yield was great and I'm sure the bed will produce even better in the years to come..
Location: Reeds Spring, MO z 6-7 prev South Florida, z 10a-10b 1989-2015 prev 1981-1989 North Vermont
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I will first attempt to just link to the thread I have already created. If this is insufficient for your needs dear Cassie Lang, let me know. I will be glad to repost what photos I have gathered thus far. More to come as I am going to try and take biweekly if not weekly photos for real scientific documentation.
Here's a Hugelkultur project I helped construct for some friends this year - whom I've been hinting for a couple years.
Despite the location being less then ideal (partially in the woods, thus shady) they were very impressed with the potatoes they harvested from this bed!
This is not strictly a hugelbed but can work in an urban setting. It's my "Hugelplanters" I have iris, bluebells, fuschia, lobelia, petunia in most of them and I planted a few nasturtium seedlings in the central one-it went wild! I found these logs hollowed out in the forest and brought them home. I cut one horizontally in half and tacked wire mesh on the bases of the others and filled them all with compost. This is their second season and definitely much better now that they are saturated and stabilised. I watered them maybe once a week in the hot past of summer July/Aug but nothing else.
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Here are my first hugelkultur mounds. I built them pretty quickly just to have a place to put some plants I dug out of my raised garden beds. I have various berry plants growing in them plus volunteers from my previous year's garden. They really need more soil...didn't have enough at the time to do it right.
Hey, just Made my first hugel bed for a herb garden, hard work, but just once hopefully.
Ha Ha, Awesome! That looks very familiar. I made something very close to that a few years back.
I predict you'll have success - I was happy with the results from mine. Yes hard work indeed but, it's nice to have something that looks neat.
I skimmed quickly thru the previous photos just looking for the OP's comments. I didn't see her say enough is enough yet, even though her goal has been met. I,m glad I missed the deadline, as she may have used mine as the bad examples. I really hadn't taken the time to study much of the proper process and considerations. I just did it.
I'm from Wales UK and have recently started creating some Hugelkultur beds on my allotment. It has not been used for last 3-4 years so was really overrun. It has a load of raspberries and blackberries on the site but have not been tended to for ages, so will be pulling them all up, creating Hugelkultur beds and replanting them onto the new beds. I'll post up some pics of what I've already done.
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