had an idea today. For areas that get rainfall only during one part of the year would it be worth while to line your hugel bed ditch with clay before adding the logs, soil and other debris? Would giving it this type of slow draining sealed base allow it to keep more water longer thru the season without needing irrigation?
Alright, so maybe I missed this being talked about in the last 16 pages, but...
What would happen if you dug a hole to plant a tree, dug 10" deeper than needed and filled the bottom of the hole with wood, straw....hugelkultur stuff?
Would that work the same way as in a raised bed? provide water source, decompose and be beneficial to the tree?
Travis Philp wrote:vicj...are you going to mulch that bed? I failed to mulch some of the hugelbeds I made last fall and they eroded dramatically by the time the spring melts were gone.
Charles Kelm wrote:I was kind of wondering the same thing... kind of . I have lots of dead trees which are still standing which have fungi growing all over them (wierd, woody really hard mushrooms which are shaped like oyster mushrooms). I want to bury these logs in a hugelkultur bed, but hope these mushrooms don't continue to flourish.
Devon Olsen wrote:so basically im gonna hope your wrong and your gonna hope im wrong:p
and to ask a ton more questions as im sure there are more on the way
i was also under the impression that one planted trees on top of the hugelkultur beds, am i correct or am i supposed to plant to one side or another?