raised bed gardening without irrigation – hugelkultur

www.permies.com Grow a garden that won’t need irrigation or fertilization. An excellent permaculture staple. Lots of wood buried with soil. Includes discussion of types of woods and the acidic and allelopathic stuff of conifers. Filmed in missoula montana. Music by Jimmy Pardo
Video Rating: 4 / 5

25 Responses to “raised bed gardening without irrigation – hugelkultur”

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  2. Since my initial posting I planted cedar trees and buried kindling around the root balls. I am hoping that the roots will grow between them and the wood will break down before they get too much in the way. I also put cedar mulch around the trees so there may be no way of knowing whence came any benefit.

  3. I’m not an expert on this technique, but planting burying logs in the soilm around existing trees seems like it may be far more disruptive to the roots & soil web like beneficial soil fungi. If you try it, please share the results.

  4. Hmm, I built something smaller than this and someone was quite sure I used too much wood. I’m using less wood than you are.

  5. don’t use cedar in the hugelkultur. it doesn’t have to be raised, but there are other perks.

  6. Why does it have to be a raised bed or mound? I was thinking about burying some logs under and around my cedar trees to give them a constant source of moisture. Any thoughts?

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  10. …contd.
    As wood breaks down this will “tie up” some soil nutrients so that they may not be readily available for use by plants…eventually as the wood material continues to break down this will be less of a problem.

  11. Stay away from Black Walnut (juglans nigra) as it leaves a residue that toxic to some plants, especially tomatoes and potatoes. Black locust, Red Cedar, Osage Orange aka Hedge Apple break down very slowly and will not “rot” for decades…why they are used for fence posts. Many other pines and spruces should be avoided too as they may acidify the soil…
    Maple, Ash, Dogwood, Hickory, Oaks, Elm, Yellow Poplar and fruit woods seem to break down at a constant rate….contd.

  12. thats why they plant grass on piles of dirt…so they wont blow away.

  13. Cotton Wood . . . contains sufficient nitrogen . . . surrounding nitrogen leaching is somewhat minimized.

  14. you might wanna check the full article at richsoil.com and the forums at permies.com.  In a nutshell, plant the soil immediately – the roots will hold the soil.

  15. Doesn’t it get completely destroyed, washed away I mean, after heavy rain?

  16. gelflingfaysuzanne Reply October 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    What woods are best? Which are worst? Which are neutral? What about fire ants? They are really bad here in MS?

  17. gelflingfaysuzanne Reply October 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What woods are best? Which are worst? Which are neutral?

  18. I see you are packing the earth on the bed, but isn’t the purpose of a 70° angle bed, apart from more growing surface, to slow down the packing down of the earth and having air going through?

  19. Pardon me for not being clear. the leafy greens and clover I meant to use strictly as a cover crop that would add more organics once grown and turned over into the soil. Of course, with anything that could bolt and go to seed, you’d wanna make sure it doesn’t do that.

  20. yanno… for conifers, one could chop a conifer or two, put it into a shady spot, mane a hugel, and plant some blueberries on top. they LOOOVE acidic and wet… aside from that i woulnd’t prefer conifers.

  21. i thought about beans, peas and stuff in particular, because you can stick sticks on which they grow. of course clover is fine, but is mustard and stuff too (for nitrogen replenishment)? the leafy stuff don’t have nitrogen fixing bacteria…
    of course legumes woulnd’t be the only plants sown in the hugel, but i thought one could boost the yields in the first year…

  22. That and leafy greens too, particularly mustards, collards… even clover as a cover crop.

  23. not my speciality, but wouldnt it be good to plant some sort of legumes in first year? they would anull any nitrogen deficiency.

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  25. Is it necessary to cut the logs, would it work just as well using whole logs if you have the equipment to move the full logs? Great video