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Hugelkultur Bed Maintenance; When the Wood Starts Breaking Down

By dave
August 3, 2013

In this video, Trish shows our hugelkultur swales beds, and how she manages them as the woody material starts breaking down, creating empty pockets in the bed.

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canadanna
Aug 2, 2013 6:25 PM CST
I would never have understood without that video.
Thanks!
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dave
Aug 2, 2013 7:13 PM CST

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I'm glad you liked it! Smiling
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Marilyn
Aug 2, 2013 9:21 PM CST
canadanna said:I would never have understood without that video.
Thanks!


I agree I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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vic
Aug 3, 2013 4:18 AM CST
I agree - Loved the video.

When you guys do your podcasts, there are several times throughout your podcasts that I'm thinking... hmmm, I wish they would video that for us Whistling

Thank you Trish and Dave, for showing us Hurray! Hurray!
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dave
Aug 3, 2013 6:21 AM CST

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vic said:When you guys do your podcasts, there are several times throughout your podcasts that I'm thinking... hmmm, I wish they would video that for us Whistling


Make sure you let us know when that happens! We want to make videos!
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eclayne
Aug 3, 2013 7:24 AM CST

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Thanks Trish and Dave. Showing the process is so helpful. Adding some soil to beds to help hold water is interesting too. Part process, part experiment. Do you have clay in your soil?
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vic
Aug 3, 2013 7:28 AM CST
Okey Dokey Dave, I'll start making notes. I'm such a visual person when it comes to learning.
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dave
Aug 3, 2013 7:43 AM CST

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eclayne said:Thanks Trish and Dave. Showing the process is so helpful. Adding some soil to beds to help hold water is interesting too. Part process, part experiment. Do you have clay in your soil?


This is something I could spend a long time talking about, actually. Our soil in East Texas is widely variable and even just 20 feet apart from each other you can have land go from pure sand all the way down over to solid clay. It's really strange, actually. We have an area we call the sand garden because it's pure sand, and we have the "red garden" because it's a nice red loamy clay.

Mixing the reddish clay soil with compost produces the best garden soil you can imagine. I think at this point we've pretty much nailed the technique and we've seen dramatic improvements in our gardening in the last year thanks to that. We should do a podcast about our soil so we can geek out on it and talk about it for half an hour.
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eclayne
Aug 3, 2013 7:54 AM CST

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dave said:We should do a podcast about our soil so we can geek out on it and talk about it for half an hour.

Perfect! Please! Green Grin! Green Grin!
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vic
Aug 3, 2013 8:33 AM CST
Yes! Please DO! Thumbs up

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Horseshoe
Aug 3, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Great video! Great addition to ATP, too! Yay!

Looking forward to more and more and more....

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(who listened to an ATP podcast this morning, an ATP video this afternoon...a nice "double-treat!")
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dave
Aug 3, 2013 4:06 PM CST

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You'll enjoy next Saturday's video, too. Smiling
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Horseshoe
Aug 3, 2013 4:23 PM CST
Yeehaw,,,Looking forward to it!

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flaflwrgrl
Aug 3, 2013 5:51 PM CST
I'm all ears!
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sheryl
Aug 5, 2013 10:38 AM CST
Dave or Trish - have you heard of anyone doing Hugelkultur in the deserts? I tend to think that the wood would take *forever* to break down due to the lack of moisture.
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dave
Aug 5, 2013 11:15 AM CST

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Hugelkultur is very popular in some of the western states like Montana. Up there, I know that the custom is to make the beds dramatically huge, like 6 feet tall. The sheer size of the beds means that the interior of them stay moist even when there is a prolonged drought.

I think also by orienting them so that the faces don't get punished by the sun, coupled with appropriate mulching, would do wonders.
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 5, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Good question Sheryl & great answer Dave; especially the last part about the orientation to the sun. Thumbs up
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Aug 12, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Thanks! As I'm digging into a large pile of dirt and rocks, I think I'll incorporate some branches in the back fill.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 12, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Watch that heat & sun Sheryl!!!!! Stay well hydrated.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Aug 13, 2013 11:15 PM CST
LOL - I'm in vampire mode right now - only come out at night!

Seriously, though - I have been very careful, wearing more sunblock than ever, drinking lotsa ice tea. Learned 'bout that in the South, ma'm!
In the end, only kindness matters.

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