Chris Dean wrote:
The bed is in its 2nd year and is doing really well!
Tyler Ludens wrote:
Are you concerned at all about the sides decomposing or is that part of the plan?
I was thinking of doing this in a Mike Oehler style earth sheltered greenhouse.
Chris Dean wrote:I liked the idea of a raised bed but live in a dry area and was concerned about keeping it watered plus didn't know where I'd get soil to fill it. After I built my first Hugelkultur I thought, "Why not build a Hugelkultur in a raised bed?" That would seem to solve the watering problem. And then why not sheet mulch/lasagna on top of it to build the soil from scratch?
I took siding from an old barn and made 2 foot high walls for the bed. It runs about 35 feet long and 4 feet wide. I threw logs into it and they come up to 8-12 inches.
What I'm planning on next is to dump cow manure in here. There are cracks and spaces between the logs that most of it would fill. Then I'll fill the rest up with leaves and straw and then a layer of compost (if I've got enough).
My only concern is that the manure is fresh from the last 1-3 months. My thinking is that either by spring this won't be a problem or that it being farther down below that it won't effect plants on top too negatively.
Thoughts or ideas? Anybody else done this?