• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • James Freyr
  • Mike Haasl
stewards:
  • Burra Maluca
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • paul wheaton
garden masters:
  • Greg Martin
  • Steve Thorn
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
  • Mike Barkley

New modified Hugelkultur bed

 
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 7
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.

I plant to keep adding mulch and compost as I plant.

I have already started a "3 sisters" garden, with three different patches of 6 sweet corn plants.

I will try to keep y'all updated on its progress.
20190420_124243-(2).jpg
[Thumbnail for 20190420_124243-(2).jpg]
20190420_134106-(2).jpg
[Thumbnail for 20190420_134106-(2).jpg]
20190421_160429.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20190421_160429.jpg]
 
pollinator
Posts: 191
Location: Monticello Florida
36
homeschooling forest garden foraging chicken wofati food preservation wood heat homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Nice work!
 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Update:

I don't know if you can see it, but I have pole beans planted around the corn, and a zuccino rampicante cucurbita moschata.

I am very surprised as to the success of this corn, especially since I planted immediately after building the hugulkultur.
signal-attachment.jpeg
[Thumbnail for signal-attachment.jpeg]
 
Posts: 283
Location: South Central Kansas
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.

 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

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.
 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.
signal-attachment.jpeg
[Thumbnail for signal-attachment.jpeg]
 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Here is my tromboncino harvest from the hugel bed.
squash2.jpg
[Thumbnail for squash2.jpg]
 
pollinator
Posts: 270
Location: Haiti
26
forest garden rabbit greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Beautiful work! And great reward!
 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Morris Heading Collards and Romanesco Broccoli are doing very well right now!
signal-attachment-2019-12-03-112901.jpeg
[Thumbnail for signal-attachment-2019-12-03-112901.jpeg]
signal-attachment-2019-12-03-112906.jpeg
[Thumbnail for signal-attachment-2019-12-03-112906.jpeg]
 
pollinator
Posts: 203
Location: Central Texas
58
hugelkultur forest garden trees rabbit greening the desert homestead
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Very nice bed! Did you have to irrigate it very often last summer?
 
Hamilton Betchman
pioneer
Posts: 87
Location: South Carolina 8a
29
hugelkultur dog foraging cooking rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

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.
 
Nothing? Or something? Like this tiny ad:
Clean With Cleaners You Can Eat by Raven Ranson
https://permies.com/t/edible-clean
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!