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Aug 11, 2015 10:19 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
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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Aug 12, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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That looks beautiful! I can't imagine not growing great crops in there.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 12, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Thanks! I will post a pic tomorrow of what's growing now.
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Aug 13, 2015 12:41 PM CST

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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.
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Aug 13, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
I like that the wood is contained in a shallow pit. Seems like it would pretty manageable and not scatter everywhere.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 13, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Here is the finished product:

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Aug 14, 2015 7:25 AM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Wonderful Job, I love how neat it is. Smiling Smiling
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Aug 14, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
What are your first crops in your new bed?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 15, 2015 5:59 AM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
A planted a variety of different salad mixes, beets, carrots, kale and basil. I have a season extender that I can put on.
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Aug 15, 2015 7:32 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Nice! When do you get your first frost?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 15, 2015 12:01 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Around September 15
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Aug 15, 2015 12:50 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Ouch! How much time does your season extender give you?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 17, 2015 4:40 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
About a month. Then I can overwinter some things.
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Aug 17, 2015 4:59 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 20, 2015 9:39 AM CST

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Your season extender just fits over the frame?
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Aug 20, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Name: joseph wittenberg
high desert (Zone 8b)
Region: California Permaculture
That's a really great way to do that bed. Who would guess from looking at it that there are all those goodies underneath!
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Aug 20, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Is it decomposition of nitrogen-rich ingredients the only way to generate heat for extending the season?
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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Aug 21, 2015 7:55 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
@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.
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Sep 1, 2015 4:48 PM CST
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
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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Sep 2, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
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