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Hugelkultur Location

 
bert boan
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Forgive me if this is a simple question but I just haven't seen the right YouTube video yet

Property is ~1 acre rectangle
So my yard is on a slope from front to back- rain runs from the front yard around the house and back to the bottom of the back yard. And the two properties west of me slope to the bottom of my back yard. This creates a small temporary pond in hard rains until it soaks in or evaporates. This has been happening for so long the soil is basically fine sand.

There is a ridge above this small pond toward the back (probably 50' to 60' around the back edge.

Would it be best to build the hugelkultur in the depression where the water ponds, along the back on top of the back "shore," or in frint of the depression?

I'm sure there are pros and cons to each spot. The hugel will not only serve as planting area but also repair the bad soil, create a wind break and visual break for the property behind. Too many pros not to build one but the question is which would be the optimum spot to build.
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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I would create a bit of a giant hugel mound and just start filling the entire area with as much cheap and free organic matter as you can find. Do that for a couple years then plant some moisture loving stuff in there (willows, mayhaw,etc.). Start in the middle and work your way out. Some pics would be nice though to get a better idea of what you're dealing with.
 
bert boan
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Thanks for the reply Dave. The aquasponge does sound like a great idea. Here is a video to show you what I'm dealing with. For some reason (shyness probably) I didn't post it with the first post.



 
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