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Here is my submission for Build a Hugelkultur - PEP BB gardening.sand.hugelkultur

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - 7 feet tall, 7 feet wide, 6 feet long
 - mulch it with at least 4 different kinds of mulch
 - seed/plant at least a dozen different species
 - seeds are mostly nitrogen fixers (>75% by volume)
 - at least three comfrey plants
 - at least three sunchokes
 - at least a dozen sepp holzer grains (currently available as a prize for anyone who reaches BB20)

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - Two pics of the site before the work is started with the intended location marked out.
        - Probably marked with wood laid on the ground that will soon be buried!
 - Three pics of three different stages of construction - showing the contents of the hugelkultur
 - One pic when the hugelkultur is completely built but not planted or mulched proving it is 7 feet tall and 6 feet long
 - Pics of all the stuff about to be planted
 - A paragraph or two of what wood was used and where it came from, what was planted, what mulches were applied and anything else interesting
 - Two pics of the site after the work is complete from the same two locations as the beginning pictures.

This hugel was built over a few days during SKIP 2022. Wood used came from area conifer around Allerton Abbey at Wheaton Labs. I planted jerusalem artichoke (sunchoke), comfrey, Sepp Holzer grain, crimson, red, and rose clovers, field mint, common and hairy vetches, birdsfoot trefoil, field pea, daikon radish, and seed balls made at WL containing more clovers, vetches, cherry, apple, and sainfoin.

Mulching was accomplished with bark and branches from wood around AA, limbs from conifer, serviceberry, straw, and additional brush from the perimeter of the abbey.

Temperatures exceeded 100F throughout the endeavor.


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site layout photos... 7x6 feet
site layout photos... 7x6 feet
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wood layering
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wood layering
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pre-mulch height photos ... 7+ feet
pre-mulch height photos ... 7+ feet
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comfrey and chokes + seed mixture
comfrey and chokes + seed mixture
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sepp holzer grains
sepp holzer grains
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completed hugel
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Baby's first hugelkultur! I want a berm that will block out the sight and sound of my busy road so I'm testing the waters with a small hugelkultur placed strategically to block out the view of my yurt from the entrance to my driveway.
There were a few wood piles on my property when I bought it, they are what I used for the bulk of the inner material.  The site where the hugel will be also had a couple doug firs on it  so I cut them down and the stumps will be inside.
I'm planting comferey, sunchokes, walking onion, sepp holder grain, crimson clover(the vast majority of the seeds were this), lupins(next most abundant), kale, chives, spinach, thyme, arugula, sweet basil, cinnamon basil, two kinds of asparagus.
I mulched with woodchips, fir boughs, some tall grass that grows here, and broadleaf dock.
The hugel ended up being about 8x8x7 feet tall.  After having built it, even though it was difficult to make it to 7ft tall, when I expand it I want to make it even taller, as it doesn't quite block out the highway up on the hill where my yurt is.
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laying out logs where I want it. I cut those logs to 6ft
laying out logs where I want it. I cut those logs to 6ft
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some more brush pulled up
some more brush pulled up
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first bit of dirt
first bit of dirt
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tape measure in
tape measure in
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more progress
more progress
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action shot
action shot
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smooshing down the top with the bucket seemed to help piling it higher
smooshing down the top with the bucket seemed to help piling it higher
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full height unmulched
full height unmulched
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mulched on this side with woodchips
mulched on this side with woodchips
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the seeds I planted
the seeds I planted
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I blew dandelions onto it whenever I was feeling whimsical
I blew dandelions onto it whenever I was feeling whimsical
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the tubers or whatever, comferey and sunchoke and walking onion
the tubers or whatever, comferey and sunchoke and walking onion
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Hugelkultur
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closer to completion
closer to completion
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closer to completion
closer to completion
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seeding the Hugelkultur
seeding the Hugelkultur
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mulching the Hugelkultur
mulching the Hugelkultur with a conifer
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Note: Please add: "A paragraph or two of what wood was used and where it came from," and, "Two pics of the site after the work is complete from the same two locations as the beginning pictures"

 
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If you need some inspiration, you should watch this video showing the hugel at wheaton labs!

check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roRaRDoObJE
 
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I'm in the process of building my first Hugelkultur bed. I have a bunch of dead Aspen trees close by, so that's what I'm using for wood. I've seen a lot of pictures where the logs are laying cross ways to the bed. I'm wondering if it matters which direction the logs are stacked? Or should I stack them long ways and then short ways for the next layer? Thanks.
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I was told that if you do them cross-ways they won't roll off one another as you aim for that super steep hugel Paul's after.  But it doesn't say you have to do it that way.  Be sure to get all your pictures as you do it!
 
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