William James wrote:
Blair Jones wrote:William,
Thanks for responding. Let me be sure I understand you correctly. You did put the smaller branches of pine into your trench or hill for the hugel culture? Did you put some other wood at the bottom of your hill? What did you plant there when it was completed?
And how did that turn out?
Here's the pic of it when I set it up:
It has a straw-bale ring.
I double dug pretty deep (20cm-ish) and set the small cypress branches at the bottom. I put a little other wood (pomegranate) in there (even smaller branches). Then a bunch of half-composted kitchen scraps, cypress leaves, and random green garden cuttings. Then (to address the problem of nitrogen-deficiency) I dumped about a half-garbage can full of manure on top.
I planted some stuff, but it died (manure too strong). Then some weeds from the manure sprung up (wrong kind of manure-cow-bad stuff) and so I chopped that down and put it in the compost pile. I then planted daikon, and it seems to be holding strong.
Few of my problems so far are due to the cypress wood that's in there. We'll see how things go this spring. Should get a PH reading on that, but I'm lazy and things grow well enough. Plan to move it slightly with a fork and plant lettuce, basil, and some few daikons to get some OM in there.
The over-winter daikons in all 4 beds are doing well. I followed more or less the same recipe with all of them. I broke my own no-till rule because I needed to get in there and see if there was cement or other crap that was inhibiting growth. Found some cement and other junk.
DeeAnn Downing wrote:Hi Blair,
I can't speak directly to that, but it probably depends on what you want to grow. It may make a more comfy soil culture to plants that prefer more acidic soil than our western soils offer.
dee in utah
So, it might work for say, blueberries?