Wendy Smith Novick

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What a timely thread.  I am interested in building a Hugelkultur bed but have read that hardwoods are best.  I have a lot of Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine logs and rounds but only limited maple and dogwood branches.  Do I need to worry or should I just jump in and see how it goes?
1 month ago
I have a “Root Slayer” shovel that I bought 2 years ago and everyone who uses it agrees that it is the best in hard soil. It is made to go through roots but works great for tough digging. As many have recommended it has a very sharp edge and is very narrow. It may be worth breaking up the soil with this shovel and going back with a wider shovel to move the rest of the dirt. This would probably be easier than a pick ax if you aren’t used to using one.
My other suggestion is to use the weather. I try and do most of my shoveling after a good rain of at all possible or the very least get my shoveling done before July.
1 month ago
Thank you again.  These photos give me enough information to feel confident trying it.  I will post a photo when I have finished and share any gate ideas. But don't hold your breath, it will be some time before i get to this.
8 months ago
Mike - What a great looking fence. Can you post photos of the corners and gates.  I'd love to see how you constructed them.  I would love to copy your fence! Thanks
8 months ago
Chris - Have you ever been to the apple festival at Portland Nursery each fall? They have over 200 varieties that you can taste.  Its a great way to decide which cultivar you want to plant.  The problem is you have to wait until the fall.
11 months ago