Building a Hugelkultur Raised Bed: April 2013 Looks Great, Dave!

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Building a Hugelkultur Raised Bed

By dave
July 18, 2011

Sheet mulching is a technique of laying organic material in layers on the ground to build up a raised bed of rich soil for your plants. Hugelkultur is an extension of this technique, where a gardener builds quite tall raised beds using logs and dead branches as the first layer in this bed.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Apr 27, 2013 4:03 AM CST
Dave and Trish...
Just now reading the spring updates on your beds. Looks really great and I'm happy to see such fantastic progress on the hugel swales/beds.

"...built too many hugelkultur beds to count." Hah! Well, you may have lost count but I don't think you can have too many hugelkultur beds, eh?

I recently dug (plowed) a huge swale at the lower end of my garden. Guess I better get on the bandwagon and do some hugel-ing with it.

Enjoyed the recent article with Margaret Roach also, which brought me back to this article/update.

Again, congrats on your beds and big time thanks for sharing with others on ATP and elsewhere.

Best you to and yours!
Shoe
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 29, 2013 8:08 AM CST

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Shoe I think you're the first to notice my update; just added that info a few days ago. Thanks for the compliments; we're really loving these beds and we're using the technique everywhere. You should see our veggie garden now. It's pretty crazy, but we're getting a lot of production!

Your swale sounds interesting. Even without hugelkultur, it'll do well since it'll hold the rainwater for longer. Have you planted into it yet? I'd be looking at some kind of southern pea (purple hull peas or cowpeas) for its first year.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
May 2, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Howdy..
It's taking me a while to get back here but it's the "outdoor season" so it's not my fault! Thumbs up

Nope, haven't planted anything near my swale yet. It's very clay-ey and also at my most shady area. I'm sure I'll have but break it up a bit before planting something there.

Looking forward to pics of your veggie garden this year.

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
May 2, 2013 6:31 PM CST

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Howdy again Shoe, it's a pleasure to get to "see you" during the busy season!!

Here's a photo from a couple weeks ago of a new garden area we made. Lots of big beds and we're growing tomatoes mostly in this area. Starting this fall it will have a lot more perennials planted. We're doing a lot more mixed plantings these days, rather than rows of single plants. You can't see it but we have borage, basil and much more growing all through the tomato beds.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
May 4, 2013 4:31 AM CST
Looks good to me! Still wish I had a few rolls of that hay/straw.

Thanks for the reminder, I have a huge amount of borage seed I should be sowing; maybe this weekend if the rain ever stops. Plus here it is a mere 48 degrees this morning, in May~! Sheesh.

Loaded up, and bundled up with flannel shirt and jacket and off to market.

Happy Gardening
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 4, 2013 5:55 AM CST

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Good selling!!
Name: Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein
Cave Junction, Oregon (Zone 5b)
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askwildehilde
Jun 27, 2013 11:02 AM CST
I also am digging the update.. I started the hugelkulture page on FB and just added your page here to the ABOUT section, cause it's that good! I tip my hat to you. Excellent work!
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fiwit
Jun 27, 2013 11:09 AM CST
wait - there's a hugelkultur page on FB? LInk, please?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 27, 2013 11:13 AM CST

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Yes, a link please.

And thank you for the compliments. The article gets visits every day and that's why I post frequent updates to it. I guess it's really a living article, at this point. Smiling
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Jun 27, 2013 11:19 AM CST
and welcome to ATP, Roxanne! Welcome!
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
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My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein
Cave Junction, Oregon (Zone 5b)
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askwildehilde
Jun 27, 2013 10:28 PM CST
Here's the link to the FB page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hugelkultur-Log-Based-Low-to-...
Thanks for the welcome
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Name: BlueFox
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BlueFox
Mar 20, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Thanks for the link, Roxanne - this is fascinating - guess what I'll be doing if spring ever arrives...

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