Thanks for this video Paul! So excellent to the berms in action. These next couple weeks, we are establishing three 50' wide (in the center) sun scoops here in Florida. Our homestead is on the only elevated site in the state, giving us strong winds as we watch the rains blow around us during the typical rainy season. We are in a rain shadow. We are hoping to use the hugelkultur berms to capture more heat for tropicals, retain moisture over time and direct the cold winds up and over the center of the berms.
When seeding new earth works during drought periods, is it recommended to seed immediately and wait for the first rains to sprout the seeds? Is it better to wait until closer to the rainy season and then seed? Will this lead to lower germination due to rotting and wildlife forage if rainy season is 4-5 months away? Don't want the soil to runoff but we don't want to waste seed if we don't have to.
Not sure why they would rot without moisture and we plan to use hay mulch to protect from wind and wildlife.
How important is it to get the new beds irrigated? It seems like Geoff does irrigate his new earthworks immediately.
Thank you for any insights