Has anyone tried building a combination root cellar hugelculture mound? We are moving to a property that has a very high water table (dig 2 or 3 feet and hit water) and I really want a root cellar. I was thinking of making a "tater mound" kind of cellar and thought why not make the south side of it a hugelculture mound? Was hoping others out there have tried this and would share their experience. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
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posted 5 months ago
Thank you for the quick response. The Wofati looks interesting but I doubt we can use it since the water source we will be dealing with wont be rain water seeping in but rather the water table itself. The house is 100 year old house with a hand dug shallow well. The water level in the well stays about 2 to 3 feet below the surface, which indicates to me that the water table stays high. There's also what appears to be a cistern on the property that has a very high level of water in it although there is nothing hooked up to it as far as water catchment, so I would assume this also is seeping in from the ground. We don't intend to use either water source for anything except maybe watering our garden, since we have been told by the locals that the wells in that area all have some kind of pathogen- they said salmonella, but I'm thinking it may be more like crypto, since there are a lot of cattle in the area. My first idea was to dig out a root cellar in the crawl space under the kitchen and have a stair well going down to it under the stairs to the attic, but once we realized how high the water table was we scrapped that idea. We then thought about just digging out a hole under the floor with a trap door in the pantry and sink a food grade 50 gallon barrel in it but I'm getting too old to be dragging stuff up out of a hole in the floor. I grew up on Long Island, so I thought why not make a "tater mound" kind of root cellar like they have on the Long Island potato farms (they look like bomb bunkers) and then thought if I was going to do that, why couldn't I make the south-facing side a hugleculture garden? Wasn't sure if that was a practical idea, so I was hoping someone else has already combined the two.
I'm thinking it could work. Basically build a root cellar that is maybe dug into the ground 1'. Cover it with dirt and have a bunch of wood buried on each side so that you get both a hugelkultur and you save on dirt.
FYI, a wofati isn't buried so I think it could still work with your high water table. At least for a root cellar.
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