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Small hugelkultur bed

Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
This photo of a small hugelkultur planting area was posted on FB so I had to share it on my page. For someone who is daunted by the idea of trying to move giant tree trunks and front end loaders full of top soil - this is perfect.

Anyone can do this with out heavy equipment and by just gathering fallen limbs.

Also, here in my area of South Carolina, keeping it low to the ground helps maximize moisture retention and keeps the beds cool. We have already had some pretty hot days here and when I put my hand down below the surface of my hugel bed is is moist (not wet) and cool. of small hugel bed anyone can do.

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Rose Pinder

Joined: Nov 18, 2011
Posts: 388
Location: Otago, New Zealand
Thanks! Good resource.
Brenda Groth

Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Posts: 4433
Location: North Central Michigan
i have a few low hugel beds in my gardens, mostly were filled with branches or bark or woodchips as they were available..but they were DUG first, soil removed, area filled with woody material and compost and then refilled with the soil that had been removed from the holes..they never got more than a couple of feet high, but they worked out very well..some have apple trees planted on top of them..and they are doing quite well (only been 2 years)..

I am going to be removing some jerusalem artichokes that are running along one side of several of my beds also this year, moving them. And so there will be ditches and removed soil when the JA's are removed, I plan to fill those ditches with woody materials and then refilling them with the soil on top also..this kinda has become a way of life for me when I redo a bed ..and it has worked out pretty good..just doing it a little at a time (being 61, a woman, partially disabled and no real help)


Bloom where you are planted.
Matthew Fallon

Joined: Jan 07, 2010
Posts: 307
Location: long island, ny Z-7a
LOL, that is actually MY photo/garden thank you for sharing!
this is pretty cool!.

the beds are all done now and in production... i tried direct-seeding this year ,having mixed results thus far. using a new manual-seeder (Jang jp-1 clean seeder) cost me a bundle!,seems to do a fair job at reliably spacing the seeds wiht most things(they can get jammed/skip/drop doubles etc) , but germination's been slow/poor. the radish ,lettuce and onions are doing good, having very bad luck with spinach,carrots,bush peas and snow peas. i wonder if i set them too deep....but really. peas i know folks who go 4" deep on them. i went 1.5 .

anyhow here is a link to the whole "Hybrid Hugelkultur" album ~

today i finished re-sizing the outdoor worm bin (continuous flow through type) and will post the pics tomorrow.
and made a few hundred soil-blocks as i'm loosing faith in my ability to direct seed :\.

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