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Small backyard hugelkultur sunscoop lounger from wood chips?? (can I combine any more ideas ;-)  RSS feed

 
C Jones
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I had it all planned out.  I got a load of wood chips (mostly fir), was going to spread them out on my garden beds (maybe even borrow some chickens to do that).  Put an apple tree guild in my empty corner.  Then I did more reading, etc., and decided that now's as good of a time as any to try my hand at a hugel bed!  Plus try to combine with another idea I've had.

Here's my idea..........an inverted-"horseshoe"-shaped hugel-type planting and lounging area.  I like to lounge in the sun from time to time, and having a spot to lie / recline on that's already sloped increases my solar absorption .  Not to mention can be more comfortable (depending).  The yard is north of the house and gets decent sun, so my reasoning is that with the right shape I can have a nice sloped sunny spot most of the day (the east side is fenced so is shaded in the mornings, hence my reason to invert the "ewe" (as in the letter that sounds like that, the forum won't let me use the letter by itself........................)).

Of course, if I'm reserving space to lie down on, that gives me less space to grow stuff.  There are always tradeoffs.  I'm not thinking to turn the whole garden area into hugel (not yet anyway), kind of experimenting with a few different things.

Anyhow - my questions:

1) Does this idea even make sense??
2) Where/how might I integrate my apple tree guild with this?  I had been thinking to put it in the NE corner...
3) Can I leave my wood chip piles where they are and call them hugelkultur??  And/or move them around a bit and put a few actual logs in them.

My backyard is small.  Will attach pics later (my hard drive just crashed...). 
My yard is ~45'x30', north of the house, fenced on east side, several pines around dropping stuff and shading parts of the day.  Zone 6-ish.  Somewhat excessively drained soil...  Trees have to go right up near the fence or fairly close to the house, or not at all (huge utility easement).

I think my brain is not firing on all cylinders presently so I won't promise this post makes sense.  But if you have any advice, I'd be glad to hear it!

(Edited to close a parenthesis and remove a question that proved to be nonsensical, upon further reflection...)
 
C Jones
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Here's a pic from the se corner facing nw, my house is on the left. Proposed hugel towards the right side of the yard, but open to wiser ideas!
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Here's one from a month ago showing afternoon sun... Not much that time of year!
BTW, this yard is a gentle slope nw corner to se corner.
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Todd Parr
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I haven't had great luck with hugelkultur.  I find they dry out much more quickly than the ground does.  A garden area here that is covered in a good thick layer of wood chips stays damp all season.  I only have one hugel bed and I think it is too small to get the effects some people seem to be getting from them.  Something to keep in mind.
 
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