S Bengi wrote:A regular Hugel is 2ft to 10ft higher than ground level.
In the desert my recommendation is to make it lower than ground level aka a sunken hugel.
In effect what you are build is a really deep swale that is then partially refilled with wood/twig/straw/compost.
But still with enough depressions to hold and slow down water.
Michelle Bisson wrote:One idea, if you have access to equipment; it might make sense to dig some swales and mount the dirt to create berms. Then you can plant on the berms which are now higher than the water table.
Also, it is better to plant trees that love water instead of the trees that love drought.
What ever method you use to "dry out" the land, just have a plan to deal with the drought years. Even, rainy climates can get those drought years.