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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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Mar 21, 2016 9:48 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
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This is a great idea.
I try smaller versions of hugelkulture using branches and smaller pieces of wood.
The wood does hold the moisture.
How does different kinds of wood affect the pile?
I am cutting back over grown Ash and Red elderberry this spring and will
be getting small "logs".
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