Is there any place where folks can "donate" their roots/limbs/branches specifically for hugelkultur beds? I know several people with small yards, who occasionally have wood debris that isn't enough, alone, for a bed, but would be when added to others' debris. Folks like the idea of the beds and may not want to make their own but would prefer to have their waste used that way, rather than burning them or putting them in the trash.
Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Location: Moving to: NE Washington USDA zone 5 Western steppes to the Rockies
Keep checking the 'freebies' section of craigslist. I often see people trying to find somebody to haul dead falls and broken branches off of their yards. They don't want to pay somebody to do it, nor pay tipping fees at the landfill.
Joined: Nov 13, 2010
Location: Missoula, MT
There's a lot of free wood out there right now, as people are clearing out their summer detritus.
- I noticed a nice pile of maple along the bike path, under the train trestle where the other bike path comes in by the Loyola football field.
- We have a covered bin of free clean wood at the end of the parking lot at Home ReSource.
Keep your eyes peeled and you'll spot plenty of logs hanging out on the parking strips. People put out logs and branches with their leaves into the streets for collection, but the city doesn't take the logs and branches.
Joined: Sep 25, 2012
Location: Western Montana
One should be a little weary of what they use for hugelkulture materials. The biomass should come from an area free of contaminants, which rules out stuff that comes from roadsides or most urban areas. You should find someone with land who doesn't spray to get logs, branches, roots, etc. If you use stuff from areas that are next to roads, streets, or anywhere that has been sprayed with herbicides in the past 10 years, most likely some of those chemicals, or their derivatives, will find their way into your food. Sepp Holzer mentions this.
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