This is true of hugul beds, but, as with any lasagna type system, you could also add pockets of soil where you are planning to spread seeds, or put out transplants.
Usually the soil goes on top before you plant
You could just build this bed, and continue building it up with material, before you plant it. Also, one could sort out some lines of soil/compost wide enough to hold their own moisture a bit, and plant your crops them, and get the production happening right away, and then build it up later as an ongoing process, if you are so inclined to go the route of a bigger hugulkultur.
I have one mound I'm building that will be open for at least one more growing season before I put on the cap soil and start planting in it.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm reading all sorts of things about horse manure being too strong
Jan White wrote:
I planted melons on top of fresh - like right outta the horse fresh - manure last year. I piled 3-5 inches of soil on top of the manure and put the transplants in there. They did really well.
If you're putting the manure down now and planting in the spring, that should help a lot too. I did a bed of lettuce and spinach that way and everything grew fine.
Roberto pokachinni wrote:One thing to do, when adding your topsoil in the end is to dig holes through the manure layer, and fill them with extra soil so that your roots are not getting involved in the manure, unless they send feeder roots over on their own. They will know to avoid this, if they have some space to choose. The excavated manure can be placed near the plants on the surface (and mulched), also, just not so close that it contacts the plant or that heavy rains would wash the harsher hot nutrients too heavily into the top of the roots.