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Building a Hugelkultur Bed

4/28/2014 4:23:00 PM

Tags: Hugelkultur, Layered Gardening, Gina Gaines

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Gina GainesMy gardening philosophy is that Mother Nature knows more about growing vegetation than we humans do. So I try to pay attention when I see her working! I guess that’s what appeals to me about the Hugelkultur method of gardening. It mimics the way nature creates good soil. And since soil is the foundation of my garden, I want it to be as good as possible. Tilling leaves, chopped twigs and compost into my hard, rocky Georgia clay the first two seasons after we moved in improved the soil tremendously. And this method will expand on that same principle.

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Just as with anything else on the internet, there are many types of Hugelkultur designs to be found. My beds are pretty simple. I just loosened the top six inches of soil and place logs, branches, twigs, leaves and dirt on top each other in lasagna-type fashion. After placing log borders to contain all that natural composting goodness, and fencing the deer out of our future buffet, I planted a variety of vegetables and flowers for us to enjoy. 

If you would like to learn more about this ancient form of gardening, just visit www.permies.com or google the word Hugelkultur. You won’t be disappointed!



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NebraskaDave
4/29/2014 7:36:02 PM
Gina, I heard about hugelkultur a couple years ago and have toyed with the thought to build a hugelkultur bed but just have never had the time to make one. Nature does indeed know the best way to grow things and I too try to match nature as much as I can. I wouldn't say that I'm totally back to nature but trying my best. I have several experimental things going on this year so we will see just how things turn out at the end of the year. I hope you continue to post about how the hugelkultur works out. ***** Have a great southern day in the garden. Please stay away from tornadoes, ok.



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