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Hugelkultur in a Greenhouse - Will it work?

 
Avalon Laux
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Hugelkultur has fascinated me, especially being because while I have a bad back due to an accident, I have trouble bending over a lot. So the raised beds of Hugelkultur has me intrigued! My main concern is that I like the idea of being able to grow any food, all year round, inside a Greenhouse, rather than only specific times throughout the year.

I recently seen another Gardening style of Keyhole Gardens, which I find is very similar to Hugelkultur, but less wood is used, and is dependent on composting items inside the cage in the center "Keyhole" area of the Circular Garden. (Example below)


I was wondering, if you used the same concept of Hugelkultur inside these Keyhole Gardens (a full circle instead of a portion cut out), and used a bucket with holes drilled in to it, to pour the water into (instead of the compost cage). Would a Greenhouse around the Hugelkultur bed work? You can have rainwater drained from the roof into the buckets. Or, in areas that you get too much rain, a rainwater catchment system, with some kind of water irrigation system into the center buckets of each?

Would this work for a Hugelkultur bed inside a Greenhouse?
 
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I think this would work, it's basically a growbed of a particular shape and design. If you have good water drainage at the bottom and follow the usual precautions for greenhouses (ventilation, etc.) I don't see why it wouldn't be effective.

This would actually look quite awesome in the center of a dome shaped greenhouse ! Although for rectangular shaped one a rectangular bed might be more appropriate in order to optimize space.
 
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Alex Apfelbaum wrote:I think this would work, it's basically a growbed of a particular shape and design. If you have good water drainage at the bottom and follow the usual precautions for greenhouses (ventilation, etc.) I don't see why it wouldn't be effective.

This would actually look quite awesome in the center of a dome shaped greenhouse ! Although for rectangular shaped one a rectangular bed might be more appropriate in order to optimize space.


I was actually thinking the same thing after I posted this, about using a square/rectangle shape inside a rectangle greenhouse, instead of the circle.

Would a french drain leading to Swale do well at draining excess water from the rainwater? If so, how far away from the Swale would the Greenhouse have to be, to avoid possible ground collapse, or soil cave-in on the sides (I don't know if that is possible, but it sounds like it might be)?
 
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I've got hugelkulture in my greenhouse now, it works great. Takes way less water and the moisture level stay consistent. My greenhouse has a rectangular footprint so my raised hugel beds are rectangular in shape, but it's the same concept and it works fantastically. Click the link in my signature line for the specifics and some pictures.
 
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Thank you Dave! It's good to know that this method will still work in a Greenhouse! I like how you set yours up! Congrats!
 
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