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Hugelkultur - wind direction - question

 
Steve Hitchen
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Hello all.

I am planning on some Hugelkultur beds, but I have a question.

The prevailing wind on my property is channels by a lot of local houses, so about 90% of the time - maybe more - it blows in the same direction.

I am limited in the positioning of the Hugel beds, and can either place them so they are directly accross the wind - i.e at right angles to the wind, or directly in line with them, so the wind will channel along the beds.

Is there a reccomended best way of laying them out?

Thanks

Steve
 
Bradley Springer
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You will create more micro climates with a 90 degree orientation. The windy side will be dryer and cooler so you could match plantings according to their preferred environment.
 
Peter Ellis
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Either can be advantageous, just for different things. I would tend to use them as wind breaks, but would need much more information to formulate a recommendation for a specific site.
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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Either way you build them I would be sure to try to incorporate a little meander/wiggle to the shape (the more the better). This would give you a lot more edge to work with along with creating much more opportunity to utilize micro-climates. No matter what something is better than nothing so get to stacking! (Just try to avoid the straight lines if you can)
 
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