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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: Dee Moore
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This is interesting. I have tons of dead pine trees from pine borer damage and they are no good for burning, or much else for that matter. Looks like they would be good hugel material though as they do break down quickly. I had thought of burying them but didn't realize they would be good for planting on. If I can recruit some help I'll try this. Thanks for the idea.
Name: Laura
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Mar 26, 2016 9:11 AM CST
Pine is great for a Hugle. I just dug a wide trench , piled in the branches and covered it with the dirt I dug out. Try to compact the branches so your dirt will not sift through too much. I add a few branches as they happen. They say a good hugle will last for 10 years. And then need to be re-built. I added a bit of dirt to some low places this year.
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