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We cut a bunch of pines that had died and added some hardwood then staged them into rows that are on 12' centers. I put composted wood  mulch in the trenches and covered the whole thing with ground tree mulch. I have 40 fruit trees ready to be planted in rows in the trenches and will fill in with other layers.  In know this isn't the typical hugelkultur but thought I would share.  

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That looks like a massive project. Good job
 
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wayne fajkus wrote:That looks like a massive project. Good job



The worst part was getting the logs in place.  It took about a month to cut them down and stage them working a few hours at a time.  I rented a bobcat for the weekend to bury them. The tracks on the cat let me walk across the logs and spread everything out easy.  I built a ramp and then just filled in as I went.  The cat did a great job at compacting the chips in the cracks and crevices.  I am using "compact" loosely (pun intended) as a fork will still easily slide into the rows.  It stands about 18 to 24 inches high and is ready to go.  
 
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