• 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 cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
  • James Freyr
master gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • jordan barton
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Leigh Tate

Adapting Elliot Coleman tools to hugelkulture and steeply sloped beds

Posts: 731
Location: NW California, 1500-1800ft,
hugelkultur dog duck
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Does anyone have experience adapting Elliot Coleman style tools, or a Jang Seeder, paper pot planter, or other time saving tools to hugelkulture beds with Holzer and Wheaton approved steep sides? If so, care to share? Feel free to add any other time savers you might have adapted to big steep hugels.

As for my context, I have over a 1/4 acre of hugels from 18” to 7ft tall (6ft after settling). They are in varied shapes, but most are not linear. They are anywhere from rounded to 45deg+ in slope. All this hugel building has been very worthwhile  for all the reasons people like them and more, but after just going to the Sustainable Food and Farming Conference (fantastic) in Grass Valley CA, and seeing no hugelkulture, I wonder if I have limited my potential scalability and efficiency by making highly useful tools unworkable? I think It is still most likely worth it, due to almost never needing to water, all the great soil/compost the beds become, and the added ease of picking a steep bed, some of the time in most situations. Other times steep beds can be difficult on top and concerning for people holding harvest knives and scissors. Of course this can be mitigated with common sense, which i need to learn to graft onto any workers I have. Any input on adapting tools to slope and hugels would be very helpful.


A sonic boom would certainly ruin a giant souffle. But this tiny ad would protect it:
Simple Home Energy Solutions, battery bank videos
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic