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May 10, 2020 9:48 PM CST
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Northern CT

Has anyone done "mini" hugelkulturs? Basically a1-2 foot mound, with old branches/bark, and twigs, layer of old leaves/pine needles, 5 day old grass, and fresh soil from thei old mulch beds?

I am attempting this because we are moving soil from what used to be mulch bed, out of the way. Everytime I loosen the dirt, i find at least 3 worms around. Swing the hand trowel once more and find more! Ive been collecting them as i go, to use them in the hugelkultur raised beds. As i clean the nulch beds, i make separate piles of good soil, weeds, and rocks, and put them in another location. Then I thought, why not try a mini hugelkultur since everything is availabe.

I figure using the ground vs garden beds will provide more nutrients? I planted the usual early spring vegetables and sunflowers to see what happens. A couple tomato plants too, and corn.

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May 12, 2020 3:39 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Super ideal cornfreaky, I have done two after my compost piles were empted, I dug down about 2 ft and added a lot of different sizes of wood cutoffs, grass, sunflower stalks and a few other materials. I use all sizes of wood, from little as finger to as big as my leg and buried it all with a few lbs of poultry mix fertilizer. Now I understand that I will need to allow some time so I waited a couple of years. This is the first year I planted seeds and used this Hugelkultur method. I just watered so all the beets are laying down. I expect it will get better each year as time decomposes more.
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