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Cassie Langstraat
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I am writing an article about hugelkultur for a magazine and I was wondering if anyone wants to cough up their pictures of their best hugelkultur beds for me to use with the article! I would of course credit your name in the article if you'd like me too! I would take pictures of the building process as well. AKA the wood piled up before you put the dirt on or anything like that.

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I have a couple of 'before' shots.
Yours if you need em, have the originals 4k pixels wide, 4MB
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I run the Hugelkultur page on facebook.. many of the readers have been posting their pictures for all to see.. Come on over to facebook to check them out, run through the timeline and in the section about posts from members.
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Not sure how these images will post, but they show our different uses of hugel tech at our Graywood land.

We have endless wood, but not much soil. So to start we are stacking the wood to create shape for our area. The images show our hugel bridge (next to our little pond) and our giant snake shaped hugel and a hugel along one of our paths. I don't know if any of these photos will help you, but we've discovered a lot more uses than just piles to grow in.

Like I said, no soil, but we're preparing for it. And even if we don't get any soil, these piles will be somewhat soil like in say 15 years
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Thanks everyone! Keep em coming!

Roxanne, are those pictures I could use though? I need permission from the people who own the pictures before I use them in an article.
 
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You are more than welcome to use any of the pictures from my hugelkultur project thread.

Send us a link to the article you write. I would love to read it.
 
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I've had zero luck in posting pictures in the last few months but you can see the ones I started a few years ago Here: There are a few pictures there about 1/3 down on the first page. If you send me a PM with an email address I can try to send you some pictures from this past year. Much more "food foresty" looking now.
 
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Here is one, I don't have a picture of the building process unfortunately.
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Here are a few more.

The two first are of the same bed, the last one is of the bed beside, but I don't have pictures of when we built it.
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That looks great adrien. Do you have any pics of the first bed (in your most recent post) after it had been planted?
 
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No, but I will ask my friend where these are if he does. It looks very similar, but was not planted as densely.
 
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Hi Cassie,

My friend and fellow permie Julie Ashmore, has a great blog with excellent photos on exactly this topic. She has been experimenting on deeper in the ground "upside down hugels" (sort of) her blog link is here:
http://woodforfood.blogspot.com/ and I know she has posted in permies before, so you could contact her to see if you could use some of her great photos (and enjoy her blog too).

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Thanks for all the contributions everyone! I went with a few of Mike Sved's, a few of Adrien's, and a few of Craig's. I sent the article off to the editor today so it will be published soon. I will report back here when it is! Thanks again.
 
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A few photos of our current project.
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The article got published today! http://www.fromscratchmag.com/

It's on page 97. Your guys' pictures look GREAT but unfortunately he didn't put the captions on the photos that I asked for. I put everyone's names under each picture but he didn't put that in the article. I know that they release each magazine as this ezine thing and then they release each individual article as a blog post, so I will ask him to put the names in that and hopefully he will.

They also left out the last big paragraph of my piece. I guess it isn't super important to the building aspects, but it was the inspirational bit! Hahah

So here is the last paragraph that got left out:


"So as you can see there can be a lot of variation with these and still, they will be successful. When it comes down to it, yes, they are much more work to set up than just your regular square flat garden bed. But the amount of work it eliminates over the years 1000% makes up for it. Not only for yourself, but for the entire world. Think of how much water we could save if each of us traded our water-hogging flat beds for one of these. Think of how much time and energy we could save with no tilling, and no back-breaking planting and harvesting! Oh did I mention less water makes all of your food taste way better? There really are just no reasons not to jump on the hugelkultur train so get to building one (or 5) right now so you can plant in the spring! "
 
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Cool. That's a neat magazine. Thanks Cassie.
 
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Great Article Cassie! Very well written and the submitted pictures are great too! I had not hear of these until a week ago on Permies. It is the first thing I'm going to do when we purchase the land for our eco-village in Texas. The property already has large piles of dead and dry oak trees really for the task.

 
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Tom Taber wrote:Great Article Cassie! Very well written and the submitted pictures are great too! I had not hear of these until a week ago on Permies. It is the first thing I'm going to do when we purchase the land for our eco-village in Texas. The property already has large piles of dead and dry oak trees really for the task.


Hey thanks Tim! that sounds like a wise idea to get some hugelkultur beds built first thing! take some pictures.
 
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Well done Cassie. Congrats!
 
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Thank you so much! I seriously love writing about cool things!
 
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Here's the construction of my beds (3)

1. The carpet is an old "outdoor carpet" cut in two to keep weeds down.
2. The first bed was mainly sticks, soil, compost and whatnot... it is now 2 seasons old, and much flatter.
3. the second hugel I built up to around 5 feet, and still needs to be covered.
4. the third hugel is whatever sticks and things, and is also in process. I wanted them to age differently in case there is a sudden decline, I can fix them one at a time.

5. weed trees give me trouble.. but that's mainly because I had a busy work year, which made keeping an eye a bit more difficult.
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July - great growth, we had a lot of .. everything.
 
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Ask and ye shall receive....
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oak and cottonwood logs
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a year later, overgrown but thriving
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:I am writing an article about hugelkultur for a magazine and I was wondering if anyone wants to cough up their pictures of their best hugelkultur beds for me to use with the article! I would of course credit your name in the article if you'd like me too! I would take pictures of the building process as well. AKA the wood piled up before you put the dirt on or anything like that.

Here you go. Attached

Cheers!
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Hugelkulturs!!! I just finished these up this fall. I planted them with whatever I could find to try to get some roots in there so all my hard work doesn't landslide over the winter! I also transplanted 4 Sea Buckthorn, it will be their permanent residence. These 2 beds have a path between them as they are the center of my urban garden. They are going to be flanked on either side by a native wildflower meadow. I have plans for several more Hugelkulturs next year.
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By the new native wildflower meadow planting
 
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Here are two hugelkultur beds that we built. The one in the front we built this summer. The other we built the summer before. The new one is a flat terrace with 2 layers of logs, & layers of dirt, aged cow manure & wood chips. It is prepared for next spring planting. We need to raise the ground as it is too low, and the clay soil has zero topsoil. We have a lot of fallen logs that we plant to continue to create terraced hugelkultur beds along the front of our property. There is a small pocket pond above the second hugelkultur bed.



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Some random pics and an unfinished thread.. Which reminds me, I need to update this again some rainy day..

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In response to Cassie's email request for more photos, I'll give this a try.

 
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- Next week a monkey is coming to stay
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- 12 beds created this year. More to come.
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I have a permaculture forest/swamp garden, and all my garden beds are raised hugelkultur beds. Half are built out into the swamp while the others are made up on dry land. I have posted pics of my garden from the very beginning until now, three years later, on my pinterest board. I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to make images show up here on this site. I will share the link to my board and give permission for any of the images to be used if you like them.

https://www.pinterest.com/kkennedymason/my-permaculture-garden-in-progress/
 
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I added this hugelkultur bed on my 3/4 acre urban lot in the spring of 2012. I didn't dig it in, but covered with the dirt I dug out to create a rain garden (the rain garden is the area covered with burlap in the background of one of the pictures.

I tried to use mostly ramial branch wood for the preferable carbon to nitrogen ratio bc I planned to plant in the bed right away and was concerned about the wood "robbing" nitrogen from the soil.

Turns out that year we had a serious drought. I found the plants in the hugel bed were able to withstand long periods without rain or irrigation much better than other deep sheet mulched beds.

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I have posted several pictures at http://permies.com/t/50120/hugelkultur/Tricks-Dirt-Sliding-Hugel from start to finish, plus a download that was the basis for an article I wrote for Back Home Magazine. Feel free to use them.
 
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I haven't planted into it yet and I may add more dirt but here's my hugelkultur bed. I want to sow some garlic into it for spring.
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My attempt at Hugel Blueberries!
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Here is one of my mounds... it is now over 2 years old. This years tomato's were 2 times bigger than the tomato's i had in my raised beds. The Okra grew to well over 5 feet.
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One More.. My round mound as i call it... The last pic is early this spring... You can see the borage and nasturtiums, both of which reseeded themselves from last year. I have lettuce on top which did really well.. The cantaloupe did really well this year on this mound. I had just planted them when i took this pic, so you cant really see them. I also had lovage and peppers on the other side of the mound which is not visible.
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Here are some photos I took of the small hugelkultur mound I build this spring. Just a helpful note: don't use poison ivy for your green material unless you bury it really well....
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Here's some pictures I have. More at Spirit Mountain Farm.
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