Jeremy Devers wrote:What is the consistency of your soil? I ask because mine is a clay loam and I think it could stick to a vertical surface when even slightly moist. Maybe the best solution would be to widen the base so the sides aren't so steep. Once roots invade (I sprinkled white clover seeds on day one and they sprouted very quickly and now I have a basically natural hill with a wooden core.)
I will have to do the same with sticks because I have no sod chunks or compost or "hay" type material to help trap the soil on the sides. (See http://yesusi.com/about/permaculture/greenhouse/ ).. I have also, in the past, dug out "sidepockets" on a sandy hill for new trees to stop the gravity flow of water, letting it pool around the plant instead of washing down the sides of the hill... I do that also in small scale for seedlings on slight slopes, give them a "bowl" to sink into.
Bill Bradbury wrote:Hi Denise,
That sounds like a good size.
Sepp uses sticks embedded into the hugelbeet to hold the soil and attach the outer sticks to.