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first planting for a sunken Hugekulture ??

 
Susan Doyon
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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
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Susan Doyon
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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



 
Dave Dahlsrud
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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.
 
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