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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: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Dec 20, 2013 11:09 AM CST
@Dave, I just discovered your guest appearance on "A Way to Garden" with Margaret Roach. I really enjoyed listening to your hugelkulture interview with her. I built a bed last fall, and am excited to see how it performs this spring. How would squash work the first year?

I also plan to get some compost from the local site in the spring and pile that on top. Do I need to add some topsoil as well?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Dec 20, 2013 12:55 PM CST

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Hi Reid, we found that squash worked really well, actually. You should do well with it. The compost sounds great and yes, I would add topsoil. The topsoil gives the bed some extra density that seems to me helps the bed maintain moisture. Post pictures as your springtime progresses!

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