Dave Dahlsrud wrote:Personally I would do more of an wondering orientation with some sunscoop-ish shapes and maybe something to divert cool air running down the slope. Also you might want to take into account prevailing winds, and figure out a way to keep more of that moisture on your property and utilize that resourse(though I don't think lack of moisture is a problem for you, I live out West so I try to keep every bit I can!). As far as the hoophouse goes, if you click the link in my signature line it will take you to an article I wrote detailing how I made my hugelkulture/greenhouse and the results I've had so far. There's also a video on the webpage if you want to see that. You can search hugelkulture greenhouse combination on the forums here and check out that thread too. Your plan for planting sounds pretty good, just make sure to incorporate your hoophouse infrastructure into your hugel while you're building it. It would be a real pain to do after the fact.
Voy Grabiec wrote:I have few thought that may (or may not) be helpful.
Diverting water to neighboring property is illegal here in Illinois, it could be ok as long as the neighbor doesn't mind but if they file a complain one would have to take the structure down.
That being said, a wondering shape would stop more water and force it underneath than a straight line at an angle to the hill.
The sun is pretty high now but later in the year it won't be the case, from the map you drew it looks like the area where you plan for the hoop house is going to be shaded by the house and the garage for a large part of the day.
Voy Grabiec wrote:The idea of stacking functions will take you places. Using the hugel for growing food and keeping water out of your basement qualifies. From what i gather water is going to go down the slope, underneath the mound and collect in a form of an underground lens on the lower side of said mound. It'd suggest that there'd be sufficient distance between the huge and the houses foundation.
If you have enough wood and energy you could male several mounds across the slope or (/and) a Ushaped mound open towards the south that'd work as a sun trap as well.
Steven Goode wrote:
Thanks again! Do you have any idea how much space is enough between the hugel and the house? Does the size of the lens depend on the height of the hugel? I was envisioning a fairly short hugel, basically a raised bed made of wood and soil instead of just soil.
Wood and energy I have, time is the issue. Hopefully in a month or two I'll have a bit more time to tackle this project.
Steven Goode wrote:
1) Which way should I orient the hugel? My initial idea is to orient it almost exactly N-S (shown in dark green). Our property has a gentle slope more or less from west to east; contour lines are in light green. The rear door (which goes to a mudroom off the kitchen) is by the red dot. I'd like to use this hugel as a Zone 1 herb and greens spot, with taller greens to the north and shorter herbs to the south so that the greens don't shade the herbs. The hugel would be slightly off contour, so excess water would hopefully be diverted north towards the neighbors' yard (in Yellow) instead of east towards our foundation. Does that orientation make sense?
2) I'd like to eventually add a hoop house and/or cold frame to this hugel, since it will be the closest to the house and I'd like to harvest greens into the winter eventually. What's the best way to do a hugel that can accept a hoop house or cold frame? Should I use bricks to line the edges such that the cold frame could rest on them?