George Meljon wrote: Everyone can relate to the problem: "what am I going to do with all these sticks?"
allen lumley wrote:Gbriel Guhr : I just noticed your Elevation, is this Cloud Forest country ? There are regions of Mexico / Belize that are Cloud Forests and
have a lot in common with regions on the U.S. Canadian border ! Certainly Hugel beds /mounds seem to do better in normal climes !
Watering your garden Food forest should not be a major issue in a Cloud Forest so Hugel beds are not as needed !
Bryant RedHawk wrote:The main attraction of growing mounds or as the german's say hugel is that it holds water, the buried rotting wood acts as a sponge, giving up the held water slowly, this is very good should you have a dry spell that last more than five days.
The Native people used this method over 10 thousand years ago, they are still using it but we only call it a growing mound. The advantages are several, first off it provides water with out having to haul it to the garden during the heat of summer or in dry spells. Second it give you a way to use leftovers from hunting and gathering since when building the rotting wood stack you can include just about anything including meat scraps, bones, vegetable leftovers, and everything else you would normally include in a compost heap. There is more space for plants and you do not have to always be stooped over or squatting down to harvest or plant.
The growing mound can also have multiple layers of plants that complement each other, all growing in a "three sisters" style. You can plant melons or squash on the top, corn at the bottom and just about anything else in between the top and bottom. It is efficient when done right. awkward when done wrong.
chad Christopher wrote:Hugelkultur is not nearly as relevant in the sub tropics. That may be why it doesn't seem to be a valuable system at your location. I am not familiar with your region in general. Maybe some one else will voice in. But something such as banana circles may be more of use to you, in regards of soil building, organic waste management, water stabilization, food, habitat, and biomass. All things that temperate climates benifit from, while building and using hugels. (Which is where i see most of them being built)
Alex Veidel wrote:Nature also doesn't have excavators that scrape off and sell all of the topsoil from your property Totally agree with your POV, but it is a quick way to get a base of slow-release organic matter that will hold water properly into poor soil. That and compost!