Permaculture forum: Thinking about hugelbed design

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Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Jan 11, 2015 4:24 PM CST
I am working with a 30'x20' space in the back corner of a small urban lot. I have had success with hugelbeds already but I'm working with different toys at this point, and I want to make sure I'm not about to screw up, lol.

All that to say, I have five chickens onsite, and I've accumulated about two yards of leaves/scraps/droppings from their run. I'd like to drop the whole pile on top of my dead wood at the bottom of the hole before I start adding other organic matter. I really don't know what else to do with this mess and thought maybe the dead wood might work to offset the hot pile of leaves. Does that sound reasonable?

Thanks for your input!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 12, 2015 1:41 PM CST

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Hi Wayne,

I would definitely do what you're describing, but the chicken manure's "heat" will almost certainly be an issue even if you have all that dead wood. But I wouldn't let that stop you, just be aware that if you have problems, they will go away within 6 to 12 months. If your plants die, don't be discouraged. Eventually it'll all even out.
Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Jan 12, 2015 1:48 PM CST
Thanks Dave, I appreciate the response! I will post more about my little project as soon as I get a chance to start.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 12, 2015 2:32 PM CST

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I look forward to seeing it!
Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Jan 21, 2015 7:06 AM CST
I just had to stick something into the chicken run to see how the leaves were breaking down. hopefully this will be submerged in some hugel goodness this weekend!


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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 21, 2015 7:48 AM CST

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Nice looking material. Thumbs up
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 21, 2015 8:28 AM CST
I did the same, Wayne, and so far it's working out beautifully. I piled my browns and logs higher over this spot than in others built without the same density as a pile of fowl droppings.
I piled and built it in July, I think, planted it in mid to late August, and here's one of the last pictures taken of it before the big freeze.

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Name: wayne
memphis (Zone 7b)
Keeper of Poultry Region: Tennessee
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wayne
Jan 21, 2015 5:05 PM CST
@chelle that's beautiful! thanks for the inspiration :)
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Jan 21, 2015 5:27 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Have fun with it! I know I sure am. Big Grin I've actually been squirreling away logs from our downed trees for later. Hilarious! I don't want all of those split logs going into the wood burner this winter!
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