Permaculture forum: Some photos of my hugelkultur swales

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 15, 2012 8:25 AM CST

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These are first year beds. I made them over the winter and this is the first crop to grow in them. They are swales (ditches on contour) with hugelkultur beds just below the swales.

The material is river birch and sweet gum, with some old water oak thrown in for good measure. Compost, soil, leaves and old hay.

Left to right: Asparagus and sunflowers, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cucumbers, strawberries and jarrahdale squash.

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The butternuts:
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Allstar Strawberries, bought from chefmike's recent co-op here at ATP.
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Who says hugelkultur locks up nitrogen during the first year? Tell that to this Jarrahdale squash plant.
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Tomatoes and marigolds. Peppers in the bed above.
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Mexico Midget tomatoes, bearing fruit in early May:
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Yep, we're happy Smiling

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hazelnut
May 16, 2012 6:30 AM CST
What an inspiration! (And I wonder if you are going to eat + preserve all that food?)
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 16, 2012 7:04 AM CST

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The food will definitely all be eaten, whether by us, friends, local indigent, and our animals.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
May 16, 2012 2:54 PM CST

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Gloria,

With 7 eaters, we eat a LOT of food. I can easily put up 100 quarts of tomatoes for the year. That may or may not see us through.
To make enough veggie juice for one meal, I need about 20 pounds of fruits/veggies. Much less if I use the Vitex blender, of course. But for actual pulp/fiber free juice, it takes about that much and an hour of time.
We process and eat one whole beef, one whole pork, and countless chickens to feed us for one year.
Occasionally we run into a surge that we can't keep up with, and that feeds our chickens or pigs if we have any at that time.
Nothing goes to waste on our farm! Ever!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.

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hazelnut
May 16, 2012 5:19 PM CST
I sort of know what you mean. I grew up in a family of 7 --5 brothers and my sister and I. I learned to fight early to get my fair share!
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 16, 2012 7:49 PM CST
The plants sure look healthy, Dave.

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Sharon
May 16, 2012 8:01 PM CST
Total gardening inspiration right here on this one thread.
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gardengus
May 17, 2012 8:06 PM CST
I agree

Inspiring and healthy
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
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Sharon
May 17, 2012 8:11 PM CST
Thumbs up for healthy.
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hazelnut
May 18, 2012 5:29 AM CST
You get healthy by the physical exercise of making the garden and you stay healthy by eating what the garden will produce. Plus, in a family setting kids are learning skills that will last them a lifetime.

I know I still remember planting and picking strawberries with my Mom some 70 years ago. I began to think something was amiss when I didn't have any strawberries growing here.
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CarolineScott
May 19, 2012 1:24 AM CST
Thanks for showing us what can be done.
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vic
May 24, 2012 3:34 AM CST
Wow! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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mcash70
May 25, 2012 9:20 AM CST
Wow indeed!! Great Job Dave and Trish!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 25, 2012 9:36 AM CST

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I harvested potatoes out of these swales last night. I didn't weigh them, but I got bigger yields than I've ever had from a potato crop. One kennebec potato plant produced about 4 very very large tubers as well as 4 or 5 medium sized tubers. I was blown away by how productive these beds are for potatoes!! I can't wait to grow potatoes again this fall.
Name: josephine
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frostweed
May 25, 2012 10:53 AM CST
Excellent, I am excited too. Smiling
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mcash70
May 25, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Sticking tongue out Thumbs up
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 4, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Well done!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 4, 2013 2:59 PM CST

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Thank you! I tip my hat to you.

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hazelnut
Oct 5, 2013 7:40 AM CST
Wonder if you got your potatoes in, Dave?

Same Kennebec?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Oct 6, 2013 7:09 AM CST

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I never did plant potatoes in the fall, either last year nor this year, because we ate all the potatoes that we harvested in the spring. Nobody around here sells seed potatoes in the fall so we just don't have anything to plant. It's too bad, too. I always think I'll keep back potatoes from my harvest but it never happens. Maybe next year....

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