Honor Marie wrote:I'm wondering how long it would take to dig a buried hugel bed by hand. Does anyone have an estimate? Include some info about your soil and the size of the bed, please!
Dependant upon many factors. I recently dug up (grass covered clay soil) to a depth of 2feet, 3" x 5" and it took me about four hours. Another, smaller (2ft deep x 2ft wide x 4ft long) hugel bed took me an hour. However that soil was the previous location of my compost and was much easier to dig.
So, some variables: your labour rate, the compaction of the soil, how wet/heavy the soil is, how many rocks/roots etc you encounter....Good luck