Branch Gordon

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Thank you both for your help! I think I am going to let it spread and become a permanent ground cover.
5 years ago
Hey all! Two plants are spreading across my raised beds and I'm thinking of letting it happen as a permanent cover crop. I am attaching a couple photos.

Any ideas what these are?

I want to be sure they aren't gonna cause issues with my vegetables.
5 years ago
Hey all! I've finally broken ground at my new property...built my first hugelkultur bed. I've posted a video of the process on Youtube: Hugelkultur Bed

Looking forward to seeing the clover pop up, and now I'm working out what to plant for a fall crop...

Enjoy!

8 years ago
Has anyone used this stuff? I am considering using it as cover for my new hugelkultur beds that I'm getting ready to build.

http://www.groworganic.com/good-bug-blend-lb.html

I'm thinking I would just let it do it's thing...cut it down every so often for green manure....and just carve out holes in it whenever I plant something.

Will it choke out anything I try to plant?
8 years ago
Thanks for the replies everyone!

It sounds like chickens might destroy hugelkultur beds...flatten them out too much through their scratching...

I do like the keyhole idea just because it looks nice...but agree that it could be difficult to rotate chickens through it. I think there is something to staying away from straight edges though...I know curved beds handle wind better.
8 years ago
Brand new to the forum, and brand new to permaculture. Am closing on 10 acres at the end of this month, and have been digesting books and videos on permaculture design for the last few months.

I like the idea of building multiple connected keyhole beds, that are built up as hugelkulturs. I also want free range chickens for eggs/meat/manure. I can't figure out how these two things can work together.

I would like to have the chickens do their work in certain beds, but will they destroy the hugelkulturs? Will they climb up them?

Anyone have any design ideas that would work well for chickens + hugelkulturs? I live in Indianapolis, IN.

Thanks!

Branch
8 years ago