last July I put in my first sunken Huglebed my goal to turn the rocky clay loam into a sponge to hold some of the spring moisture in the garden and alow slow composting under the planting area
now I am trying to decide how to plant it this year , also curious if it needs manure or manure tea to up the nitrogen , I am also wondering if it will need lime I am in south eastern MA and I did not think of lime until it was done .
so I would love any advice about what plants are good for a fresh hugel bed
how we layered
we dug down 2 feet and put in decomposing logs and brush crushed it with the bulldozer and piled more on layered with weeds and compost repeated a few times till it was all crushed back below ground level then replaced the lower layers of soil topped it with the retained top soil then compost . then almost a foot of top soil from the pond area we enlarged top layer was from a lowland meadow / flood plain and full of decomposing plant matter . ( It is also most likely full of weed seeds ) we did re smooth the top layer in the fall when it had settled a bit I plan on doing spot seeding and planting . the meadow top soil was so full of roots and partially decayed plant matter that it will not be suitable to do rows , it is too chunky . I have tons of wood chip that have sat since last fall , so I will use that to put a very thick layer on to prevent weed germination and just pull it aside to put in plants
Now that it is dry enough to plant , I am still looking for ideas on what to plant or what to stay away from for a first planting on this sunken hugel bed the top 1-1/2 foot is compost and the soil and top soil that came from the bed then we amended with 6" of darker rich top soil from where we enlarged a lowlands pond ,on an unused section of the farm .
it is out where there is some deer pressure so I will stay away from peas and green beans but . am interested if there are any things that are recommended I am thinking about potatoes around the edge with mulch since the deer so far are not bothering those
Potatoes, sun chokes, greens, flowers, pretty much whatever you have available. You should be OK with planting any of those things. Garlic, and onions wouldn't be a bad bet either. The deer should leave them be.