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Noel Levan
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Hi folks. First time posting. I'm in Virginia, on a city lot. I've two massive pin oak trees in the back yard and intend a hugelkultur between them. I've got all the wood and debris already in place (mostly) and am now seeing that all the hugelkulturs out there are in full sun. So I'm wondering. Can hugelkultur work in the fairly dense shade beneath these two trees? I have been envisioning ferns and shade plants growing on it. Any comments or experience-based info is appreciated.
 
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When I lived in NJ, way back when, I had plenty of things growing in the shade under the red and white oaks. Huckleberries. Hosta. Wintergreen. Bracken fern. Sheep laurel. Azalea. Rhododendron. Periwinkle. Impatiens. And a variety of various shade tolerating plants though I don't recall exactly which ones. I never used hugel beds though. The soil was very sandy for the first 18", then a layer of pebbles, then a clay layer about 6" thick before changing back to sand.

My region is completely different now, so what I'm growing in the shade wouldn't apply to your region.
 
Chris Sargent
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Most like full sun so that they can grow more veggies and sun loving plants. No reason though that hugels can't work in the shade. You just need to select shade loving plants for it. Seems like you're already thinking along those lines.

Everything I grow is pretty much in at least part shade because of the way my property and location is laid out. I build my 1st hugelbed last summer in a partially shaded area. I haven't planted much on it yet so I can't give much experienced advice but i have plans to plant lots of greens and shade loves on it come spring.
 
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