Paul Cereghino wrote:
Why would the labor of bundling the brush as a log be better than just digging trenches and pushing the brush into the trench before topping with soil?
By what mechanisms would a buried bundle of brush store a greater pool of moisture than brush buried any other way?
Just trying to point the questions at your labor costs. That said... I bury all kinds of stuff. An added function is increased percolation and so I think burying debris goes well with swales or other water collecting structures.
Brenda Groth wrote:
Because we had a lot of soil moving around from pond digs the past several years, we have been pushing over some brush and trees and burying them under the pond soil salvage..and it sure does build up soil fast !! AND MUSHROOMS !! If you bury a lot of the right kind of brush and logs and wood materials under the soil you sure get a lot of mushrooms in no time fast !! I have mushrooms sprouting up like, well, mushrooms.
you can tell where the logs are, the mushrooms sprout right above them.
my regular hugelkulture beds didn't necessarily sprout mushrooms, but in the other areas where things are flatter with just a thin layer of soil over a lot of logs and brush and forest duff..i have had tons of mushrooms..it was just like a fairy forest around here..
That's so encouraging, Brenda. I've planted edible mushroom spawn in some hugel beds and I sure hope they grow. I think I might try some plug spawn in slightly buried logs also.
NB Permie wrote:
Could you explain what you did here? I'm interested in knowing what strain of mushroom you used, what type of spawn (grain, sawdust, rice, etc), and what you did to add the spawn to the beds. Do you make your own spawn, or buy it?