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raoul dalmasso
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Hi Permies,

Here is another hugelkultur construction photo-tutorial (I am just sharing experiences, not teaching):



Data: Area 1 m x 2,20 m; Depht 30+ cm; Height 60+ cm.
Brown (Carbon): wood from apple, prunus, maples and figs.
Green (Nitrogen): a brush pile of bushes, vines and green tree prunings from the garden. I also added 5 Kg of dry organic manure for extra NPK.
Mulch: grass clippings (I am going to add wood chips and grass clippings when needed through the season).
First sowing: a lot of snap beans (N-fixers). In July I am going to transplant a big population of brassicas among the dying beans.

I am sure you know that the big plant in the foreground is a Mullein. It is a big guy and takes one of the best spots in my small garden, but I could not get rid of it. I'll let it bloom.
 
Miles Flansburg
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Lorenzo Costa
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Hi Raoul, nice seeing your achievements in huglekultur, I visited your site too, wow lots great info. I hadn't been on it for a while now and there are so many great photo's.
I'll read through your information eagerly, we've the same climate and it'll be nice to see what you've experienced
 
raoul dalmasso
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Just an update.

Current population: snap beans, a lot, 2 varieties (Purple queen and Slenderette); 6 or 7 zucchini (Trieste white, Italian Heirloom), I am going to do some culling and I will select just 2; Tropaeulum majus, 2 or 3 survivors; 30 “canasta” lettuces ; a bunch of Acrata hot peppers. And of course the mullein that is now blooming and is almost 6 feet and growing growing growing.


 
Dale Hodgins
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Very nice. I checked out the thread because of the name. Ortho books recommend the use of toxic gick. The parent company is Monsanto. Ortho Monsanto. 😔 I'm glad to see that it's only a sound alike thing. Is that a person's name or the name of an organization?
 
raoul dalmasso
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Hi Dale,

In Italian language "Orto" means "Vegetable garden", while "montano" means "mountain", adjective. So you can translate it "mountain garden". I live and farm in Italy, on the Apennine mountains, 580 MSL. ortomontano is a one-man organization, a blog and a backyard garden (for the moment).
 
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