Emerson White wrote:
I could see it being a problem as the woody matter breaks down. Herb spirals already have a disappointing tendency to slump over time, if you add something that shrinks down to a fraction of it's size to the middle i don't think it will take very long to get an herb pitchers mound.
I'm curious if anybody has ever tried incorporating hugelkulture into an herb spiral design.
I'm still very new to permaculture but I've heard that one common issue with an herb spiral is that it because it's above ground it needs to be watered fairly often. For that reason, when I was listening to Paul on The Survival Podcast earlier today (great interview by the way), it really made me go "hrmmm" when he talked about hugelkultur freeing you to leave things unattended for a while (as far as watering goes). It made me wonder if the maintenance needs of an herb spiral could be addressed through hugelkultur.
I know you can easily build irrigation into an H.S. and watering isn't hard, but I figure why not incorporate the two if it would make it more self-sustaining?
So do you folks think it'd work to perhaps bury your wood in a little ditch and build your herb spiral on top of that?
(I'd try it myself this very moment if I could, but unfortunately I don't have the space where I live right now.)
John Morelli wrote:
You could build the structure of the spiral first and then infill that with the hugelkultur materials, then maybe add more soil when that collapses within,
Roberto pokachinni wrote:
I see no reason to deconstruct and rebuild. In fact, it would be counterintuitive to my own view of perennial food systems. The whole goal in my mind is rather than food systems the goal should also be to create perennial Long Term soil systems.