Permaculture forum: My new hugel/lasagna bed

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 11, 2015 10:19 PM CST
I moved in to a new house that backs up to a forest, so I had plenty of material for a hugel bed.

In addition to my own compost and logs, I added a variety of bagged compost, peat moss, and put the existing soil back on. I enclosed it with 2x12 boards and planted greens for fall and peas and fava beans that I inoculated.

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 12, 2015 8:30 AM CST
That looks beautiful! I can't imagine not growing great crops in there.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 12, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Thanks! I will post a pic tomorrow of what's growing now.

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hazelnut
Aug 13, 2015 12:41 PM CST
Plenty of material. Im thinking I wish I had done that. I have lots of trash trees to cut. Instead of peat moss, I have the floor under the rabbit cages. Its gotten too hot for rabbits. But rabbit poop and straw would be a great contribution to hugel beds. Thanks for the inspiration.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 13, 2015 2:05 PM CST
I like that the wood is contained in a shallow pit. Seems like it would pretty manageable and not scatter everywhere.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 13, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Here is the finished product:

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 14, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Wonderful Job, I love how neat it is. Smiling Smiling
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 14, 2015 8:07 AM CST
What are your first crops in your new bed?
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 15, 2015 5:59 AM CST
A planted a variety of different salad mixes, beets, carrots, kale and basil. I have a season extender that I can put on.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Aug 15, 2015 7:32 AM CST
Nice! When do you get your first frost?
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 15, 2015 12:01 PM CST
Around September 15
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Aug 15, 2015 12:50 PM CST
Ouch! How much time does your season extender give you?
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 17, 2015 4:40 PM CST
About a month. Then I can overwinter some things.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Shadegardener
Aug 17, 2015 4:59 PM CST
DH built a tall cold frame for me so that I can put large pots of kale or other stuff in it to overwinter. While it would be nice one of these days to go more solar, I do run an electrical cord into it to run a 60-watt light bulb if it gets too cold.

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hazelnut
Aug 20, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Your season extender just fits over the frame?
Name: joseph wittenberg
high desert (Zone 8b)
Permaculture Region: California
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grizzlyjoe
Aug 20, 2015 10:42 AM CST
That's a really great way to do that bed. Who would guess from looking at it that there are all those goodies underneath!
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Aug 20, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Is it decomposition of nitrogen-rich ingredients the only way to generate heat for extending the season?
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Aug 21, 2015 7:55 PM CST
@hazelnut it could easily be that way, but I bought one from territorial seed.

@grizzlyjoe it has shrunk down about four inches since building. Just enough for me to add shredded leaves and perlite.

@shadegardener I put a mini green house over it. I put a lot of N because of the wood. It helps it break down.
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Anderwood
Sep 1, 2015 4:48 PM CST
I have updated photos. The greens as you can see have really taken off! I have enjoyed two salads so far with many to go before the season's end.

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Shadegardener
Sep 2, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Nice! Looks like they're lovin' that new bed. I'm trying to get some cool-season greens going but it's so dang hot that the babies are wilting. I may have to bring them indoors to keep them cool.

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