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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: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2011 10:21 AM CST
After you harvest your crops do you add more soil or grass clippings to the pile while it is resting?? Do you keep it going year round. With fall crops when the warm weather ones are gone???
I like that idea. Thanks for the article....
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 20, 2011 10:23 AM CST

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We do add new organic matter to any holes that open up from rotting wood. There was one place in particular where it really had collapsed down a lot and I filled that spot back up with several shovels of compost.

We definitely keep it going year round. Fall crops and winter vegetables are some of my favorite things to grow!
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2011 10:28 AM CST
Do you use composted manure on it too??? That would make it richer and I bet it has great moisture in it too.
Thank you Dave...
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 20, 2011 10:30 AM CST

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Yes, we sure do. We pile up manure from our dairy cows into a heap and let it age for at least a year before using it. Thumbs up
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2011 10:42 AM CST
Very good!!!!! We like to use our longear poo too. Thanks Dave..
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!
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dave
Jul 20, 2011 10:42 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you. Big Grin

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