Ok, I've been thinking a great deal about the hugelK and how to use it, especially since I read Sepp on this last winter and built a 26 foot geodessic dome last fall and worked to complete it inside all of winter. When I saw the space for raised beds inside the perimeter HugelK seemed the only answer. Here's what I did: gathered rotting fallen wood from the windbreak on the north side of the dome and laid it on the ground, covered with leaves from Uncle's yard (some people actually rake leaves, imagine) and layers of compost and soil as the ground outside thawed this spring. A properly vented greenhouse isn't going to condensate and rain on the grow beds as much as one would hope, especially in the heat. Vapour will go up and out. Only in winter does it freeze and stay on the walls until the rocket stove heats up and you get some rain. We had a workshop and used an Ernie design near the north wall, just south of the water tank where we hope to have fish.
Anyhooo, I have another question about HugelK: how the hell do you keep quack grass from taking it over?
I took a picture but it's still on my phone of some seedlings I found in the rotting wood in the windbreak. I'm still bringing this stuff in for large pots that will house cucumbers to grow to the ceiling in the dome. Last year our summer was so cold it was hard to grow a cuc in the garden. I only had success in our cold frames. Anyway, I love rotting wood. I filled the bottom of these (mineral tubs actually) big pots to at least 1/2 before adding the other soils and then planting. Very excited about the HugelK tub experiment and the spongy factor of rotting wood. Beats the hell out of peat in so many ways. We are in a growing zone 3b but were beyond the regular cold of that zone last winter. Every way we can extend that growing season is a plus. I cringe to buy factory food.