Last weekend, I put together a new hugelkultur bed. I had a dump truck load of horse manure and hay that I have been composting for about 2 months, and loads of old wood and newspapers; so I thought, "what the heck?"
First I mowed the grass and weeds down, leaving the cuttings in place.
Then, I added several layers of newspapers, wetting them along the way.
Next I stacked put some rotten wood down, with the biggest logs in the middle.
Finally, I shoveled a dump truck load of composted horse manure, hay, and sticks on top of all that.
You can't really tell from the photos, but the middle of the bed is almost 3 feet tall.
Kai Walker wrote:Corn loves rich soil high in nitrogen oh and a LOT of water sometimes.
Nice pix too.
Ever use a horse trough? Or fire ring?
Easier to contain things, easier to maintain, easier most all around.
I have never used these particular things for raised beds. I used to try to get really neat square raised beds with untreated wood, but I have found that I much prefer the look and function of mounded beds.
The third sister has arrived, with a vengeance.I planted 1 Tromboncino D'Albenga seed 3 weeks ago and it has nearly taken over. I am pinching back vines twice a day to keep it contained. It is starting to try to set fruit now too, but none have taken yet. I am going to supplement them with some diluted calcium acetate solution to encourage the fruit to set a little better.
Kc Simmons wrote:Very nice bed! Did you have to irrigate it very often last summer?
We had a very dry summer, for our area, this year. Luckily, once the mochata covered the whole bed, I didn't have to irrigate it anymore. I did have to water a little bit more while the first round of plants established themselves, but this was not really the case for the winter planting.