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Michael Young
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not really hugelkultur - but shares some roots

I have a HUGE tree that died and it broke in half and fell. The remaining half of the tree is a 12-foot tall "stump"

I'm a plumber. I have a 3-1/2" boring bit in my bag of tools.

Instead of taking down the 12-foot tall stump.
I'm thinking to take my boring bit and bore out holes as deep as the bit will go (about 8" deep). Bore the holes at a 45-degree angle
Fill with topsoil and plant strawberries (and some herbs and etc.... but mostly strawberries)

Then go to the very top and use the chainsaw to create a basin about 12" deep - and bore more holes in the bottom of the basin (to make it deeper)
till that with topsoil and plant. The deep basin would allow the stump the hold water
and I don't know if the roots would pull up water from the soil anymore or not.

anyways. that's the plan
any ideas on whether or now it would work?
Because I think a 12-foot tall strawberry tree would be cool as hell.
 
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sounds like a very cool idea. Unless the center of the tree stump is already rotting there probably won't be much in the way of water migration going on until that center begins to rot. All this means is that you will need to water the strawberries at least weekly. Since you say the tree was dead, there will be no water uptake from the roots. The fact that it broke in half might mean it is rotten in the heartwood, when you get up there with the chain saw you should be able to tell.
 
chris spaugh
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I am awaiting pics, sounds great to me, try it and keep us posted.
 
Willy Walker
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Great timing. I have several stumps that are hollow. From 4 to 5 feet tall. I have been wondering what to put in them. Some open up to the ground, others not.

I would also much enjoy pictures. Any other ideas for hollow logs and or stumps?

I think this could have amazing potential.
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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