Building a Hugelkultur Raised Bed: Hmmmmm.

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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: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Jul 18, 2011 8:40 AM CST
Good idea. I have a pile of scrap lumber...where in the world did it come from? Well, we've been here 30 years and I think I actually moved a lot of this from my elderly neighbor's property years ago. I want it gone, especially since I know what plants I want in this spot. Probably cost about $500 by weight to get a dumpster in. Cannot safely burn here any longer. I'd seriously thought of burying it as the base of a berm, but didn't want to bring in dirt to cover it,either. We also have some stumps, etc. Now if I can find a suitable spot, I think I know where all that scrap lumber is going. Don't have loads of hay, but we're constantly shredding material from our trees and I'll start collecting cardboard, paper,etc.
Thanks

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 18, 2011 2:50 PM CST

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Sherry, that spot does look fairly promising. Hopefully there's no treated lumber in there, though.

If you have leaves and grass clippings, you could just start covering the wood with that. After a few seasons of being covered with moist compostable material, it'll start breaking down. Once you start growing plants and getting worms and soil bacteria going in there, the breaking down of the lumber will accelerate quite quickly.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Jul 18, 2011 3:39 PM CST
No, no pressure treated lumber. No grass clippings, but we're constantly shredding cut back trees, etc...Only thing needed now is the enrgy to start moving it.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jul 18, 2011 3:46 PM CST

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bnbnagy
Mar 22, 2016 12:44 PM CST
I have a couple of questions:
1. I have a spot with creeping charlie, can I lay the logs over it or do I have to dig it up?

2. How do the Hugelkultur beds do in part sun conditions?

Bill from Minnesota

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