Lia MacLellan wrote:. I always forget that hugels were originally designed by Sepp as a way to compost tons of wood scraps and create soil--it's practically a Jean Pain compost pile already! No wonder it gets so nice and warm.
Kyrt Ryder wrote:With many vegetables the mature plant is far more tolerant of cold soil than seeds or seedlings.
For example I have had tomato plants survive and continue to ripen their fruit into october with night time lows in the low forties.
Weeks gained from warmer soil in the spring for seeds and seedlings more than offsets any loss in the end of the season with mature plants - in most cases. (Exceptions will exist of course.)
paul wheaton wrote:Another is that when we built the giant 12 foot tall hugelkultur beds here, there was a lone sunflower growing on a south facing slope about 7 feet up on december 1 - here in montana. Our first frost date is typically about september 15.