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Buried wood/double dug and aboveground Hugel experiment,

 
Kris Mendoza
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Location: New England USA, Zone 7a
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Here are some photos of my experiments-- over the last week we expanded our little veggie garden from 5 4'x4' raised beds into a 5'x 20' hugel-ish bed and 2 4'x20' that are a buried wood/brush double dug hybrid kind of thing. We dug up all the grass/turf and stuffed it back in between the branches upside down. Added all the compst we had, went around our neighborhood swiping bags of other people's leaves, and mulched with leaves. The cardboard in the paths will, I hope, keep the grass from growing. We will mulch the paths with something.

I planted out some peas and favas on the hugelly one, along with spring garlic, mustard, and spinach. The other beds made of buried brush need to wait until the weather warms up a bit!

I have noticed that lots of people post photos of how they constructed their beds, and forget to stop back with reports on what actually grew. Probably because they are too busy eating all their giant tomatoes, pumpkins, etc. I will try to post here periodically, in hopes that others can learn from my mistakes and/or successes, and in hopes that you all will share your wisdom with me!
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The hugel-ish bed, halfway done. The squares in theforeground are the old deconstructed raised beds.
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Mulched just as the sun started setting!
 
Kris Mendoza
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Location: New England USA, Zone 7a
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PS-- those cool trellises in the background are not mine ; they belong to my neighbor who grows amazing Asian vegetables like bitter melon!
 
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