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Suggestions on hugelbed orientation

 
Santos L. Halper
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   Greetings everyone!

planning on developing my land and since this is my first venture outside of small scale gardening, I would greatly appreciate your ideas and input on how to situate hugelbeds.

The 20yr old bush that covers the plot (along with the few larger trees) will be clear cut and turned into 6ft high beds that would need no irrigation.

On the first , landscape picture there are the three planned flieds outlined in red, downward sloping of the land is depicted by blue arrows (the longer the arrow the steeper the slope) and the suns path is marked out on the yellow circle ( yellow lines - summer solstice rise-fall; white lines winter solstice rise-fall).  There are two sloping fields ( 1; 2)  and one level one (3) planned, all heugelbeds.  There is also a "gorge" like formation between  fields 2 and 3 that could be excavated into a waterhole and holds the possibility of a few levels of terraces on the slopes.

The second picture depicts the hugelbed alignment as I have it planned out right now,, quite simple,, letting the cold air drain on the 2 field. Hugelbeds are green, white lines are major pathways and blue is water drainage. The beds on field 2 seem to be at an angle where the NW side will get significantly less sun than the sunny SE side. Is this true. (Suns maximum height during summer is about 60deg).  Also, the beds at nr2 are quite open to  the prevailing SE winds, that I understand are the most common on these latitudes. 

So,, all the info and suggestions will be greatly appreciated,, I am not just lazy,, actively researching here,, but I thought that bouncing this question here might not hurt.
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Dave Dahlsrud
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What are you planning on doing with this property?  Generally speaking I think you would be best off with an almost random super curvy hugel arrangement.  You can channel that cold air flow and concentrate it in different areas, make cooler spots in the heat of summer, etc.  I think the more texture and variability you add to the landscape the more diversity you can add to your plantings.  If you are wanting something along the lines of a monoculture you will get more uniformity of microclimates with your layout...
 
Tyler Ludens
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Personally I would concentrate on developing a water harvesting design before planning hugelkultur.  Swales, basins, ponds.  Then access - how do you plan to move yourself and vehicles around the land.  Then structures including buildings and such things as hugelkultur.

More about design:  https://permies.com/t/55751/permaculture-design/Permaculture-design-basics
 
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