jenni blackmore wrote: Hugel Kulture is often used as an erosion technique, and for water flow containment on slopes,
Pamela Smith wrote:. If it is well soaked it should keep them out. But how long once soaked will it stay soaked?
patrick canidae wrote:
Pick part of your yard that isn't garden or pretty yard, and turn it into a hay field. Berseem clover, Dixie crimson clover, mammoth red clover, tall sweet clover, and ladino clover needs to be seeded into this area heavily. Let it get fairly tall, and then start mowing it down in strips and mulching your beds or rows. Make it a rotating set of strips stair stepping from just mown to gone to hell and flowered out. Cut a strip every day or two or seven as appropriate for the growth curve of the clover and the microbe consumption of the soil you are mulching. If you know how, you can plant live crimson clover or berseem into your rows and let them grow outside of your regular crop season, then smash them down and kill them with cardboard mulch and plant seedlings into it. Or leave it alive, and only kill a circle of it where you are going to put in a plant, and let it grow around your primary crop as living mulch and N fixer. I would also plant a broad variety of daikon and other radishes and turnips into the rows 30-45 days before average frost date and let them suck up all those nutrients and hold them until the following year.
Pure clover plantings can make a few tons of green material an acre a year.
Pamela Smith wrote:Looks great Nichols. I have wanted to use hay bales, more nutrients and I think it breaks down better but I would be happy with either straw or hay to build an area up but out where I am hay and straw bales are like 8-12.00 a bale
Peter Ingot wrote:
I agree with the technique. Cutting and mulching is a good way to go.
Legumes are actually pretty scrawny little plants compared to something like ryegrass, with very little leaf or root matter, and you are trying to beef up your soil with organic matter. Grass roots work miracles, although you need to thoroughly kill something like ryegrass or fescue before you plant vegetables. Clover amongst vegetables is generally a good idea in the garden. It's another kind of legume-non-legume mixture.
Also that quantity of clover seed would be really expensive, why plant more than you actually need? Grass seed tends to be cheaper.
It also seemed to me extremely likely that legume monocultures would lose a lot of phosphate, potassium etc. as well as nitrogen. A legume monoculture contains less of these minerals in its hay than a mixed sward, so they must be going somewhere. It's a fair bet a lot of them are leaching out. None of these nutrients sit around long in a sandy soil. Either something uses them or they wash away.