Bonnie Gee

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C. Letellier wrote:Longest lasting may not equal best result should be remembered here.   The simple point is that this isn't simply a short term gain.  Whether it lasts 20 years, 100 years or thousands it changes the world for the long haul.  This simply shows that we can in a clear cut demonstration covering some real history.  It may be that to get best affect you want it to die off in just decades.  Or maybe it will be good for 100 years.  This simply shows the long term power under some conditions.  And this may have been forested in the mean time so what you are actually seeing is generations of tree roots taking advantage of that little better moisture and in the process adding their own material to the longevity of the process.  But any way you look at it this isn't a short term fix.



Yes, I think that is part of what was so remarkable to me about this story, that the seemingly simple act of sinking a wooden post into the ground can have profound effects that ripple through thousands of years.
2 years ago

Roberto pokachinni wrote:Here's the quote that stands out hugulkultur wise from the article that Bonnie linked to.

The henges are actually a series of concentric circles created by placing large posts in the ground. When the henge fell out of disuse or was burned down, the underground portions of the posts rotted away, changing the composition of the soil in the posthole, causing it to retain more moisture. During a drought, while the surrounding crops yellow, the plants over the post holes have a slight advantage.

 



Exactly!  Thank you for zooming in on that.  Like, what were the dimensions of these posts and how deep they were buried, that the effect lasted 4,500 years?
2 years ago

C. Letellier wrote:A different way to see the long term power of hugelkulture.  The affects can carry hundreds of years.

Henge showing in modern field



Yeah, this is AMAZING and seems almost unbelievable to me.  I am still not sure I even do believe it, because this is like 4,500 years old... and these old buried wooden posts are still having an effect on the soil like this?!!  Wow.  Here's the article I saw:  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-giant-4500-year-old-irish-henge-180969650/

Wow... mind blown.  
2 years ago
I thought it was interesting how little the contents had disintegrated, after more than half a millennium.  Maybe similar to how the bog/peat people were preserved?
2 years ago
When I came across this article (about ancient poop barrels AKA "renaissance poo"), I just knew that permies would be interested!  Am I right?  https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-poop-tells-us-about-renaissance-diets
2 years ago