Hi to all,
I am new to posting on this forum. Here are some pics of my 1st hugelkultur bed.
I have a few concerns that perhaps you guys can help clear up for me.
1. I never dug down into the turf first, I just simply cut down a tree that my mother didn't want anymore then piled a whole lot of logs, sticks, etc about hip high then I covered it with kraal manure from the sheep and goat pen. On top of that I used some red soil that was already excavated from a burn tip site
on the farm as a top layer.
- If I had to do it again I definitely would dig into the ground first and use that soil and turf as the top layers. Saves me having to go fetch soil and the turf provides instant green matter to add nitrogen to the compost process.
I just thought if I put the wood directly at ground level the bed would be higher for the same amount of wood. Is this going to cause the bed to work less effectively?
2. The wood I used was some type of cypress (I think, not sure, not too many trees like this in these parts) and the wood has a very resinous smell.
- Do you think this is going to have a huge negative impact? Are these trees alleopathic?
3. Now that the soil is covered there are some small logs sticking out the soil in some places.
- will this wick/evaporate moisture out of the beds. Should i pull the area apart and reshuffle the wood so nothing sticks out?
4. Sepp Holzer ("THE MIGHTY, THE AMAZING, THE GLORIOUS") describes 2 methods of planting on his video.
a) broadcasting a seed mixture on his newly made terraces, plain and simple.
b) he describes the cardboard mulching and planting the specific plants into holes made into the cardboard method.
- this requires starting seedlings individually, then transplanting them into their new spots in my hugelbed - a bit of a mission + wont get the diversity as easily!
I would like to plant up a potato polyculture of flowers, deep rooted plants, comfrey, companion veg etc by firstly planting the seed potato then broadcasting the rest on top and raking in. We have had some good rain last night so the beds are nice and wet. Got to get moving soon.
What do you think, any suggestions? Appreciate your time.