What Is Hugelkultur?: Modified the method

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What Is Hugelkultur?

By Artistwantobe
March 21, 2016

Hugelkultur is an ancient method of raised-bed gardening, one that utilizes fallen wood. It has been used in Europe for centuries. In German it translates to "mound culture." Building one of these mounds takes a bit of work, but it will last for a long time, and it will be a self-watering, self-feeding, and self-composting raised bed! I have built mine in the vegetable garden, but you could have one serving as a perennial flower bed.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 21, 2016 5:27 PM CST
Since I am on a new and much bigger property I was hauling fallen branches out to the road for the city to pick up...then I stopped...and dropped the branches into my new raised bed. After making a layer of branches I added various plant material then topped with my own planting medium. Have no clue how this will work but so far the plants are looking good.

By the way, at home we like to call it "Kugel-kultur" Rolling on the floor laughing because we liken it to making a layered casserole.
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Artistwantobe
Mar 26, 2016 9:16 AM CST
You should have a great " kugle-kultur". Mine is in it's third year. So far I have had some bumper crops. I have slowly been converting all my raised beds. I love not bending over to plant or harvest.
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ardesia
Mar 28, 2016 6:52 AM CST
I am curious about how much fresh compost you add to the raised beds each year. Things break down so quickly in my coastal climate where it is damp and hot. We have significant sink holes where there were buried tree stumps/roots. I envision losing about 6" minimum a year in a bed like this. That's a lot of fresh compost to add unless one were just doing annuals or veggies. What am I missing?

Greene, you are in my neck of the woods, I would be interested in hearing how your bed works out.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Mar 28, 2016 12:16 PM CST
I have been taking photos periodically but won't know the true result for a year or two.
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BlondieRides
Mar 28, 2016 2:09 PM CST
What a fun idea. I am in So Cal, zone 9 and have a woodpile not being used due to a chimney problem. I think I'll try it.
Beth

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