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I started last night after receiving 10 year old rotted orange wood stumps. It’s layered to about 12-16”. I have the following items to add. Any suggestions on which order?
-lemon tree clippings(fresh)
-manure(rabbit and chicken w/bedding)
-wood chips(2-3 weeks old)
-half finish compost( feels a bit compacted)
-straw or hay from feed shop
-garden soil for topping.
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My first thought was that the leaves might block water flow to the logs. I’m leaning towards placing them on top the logs to fill in gaps. I can get more for further layers. I also thought about dumping manure on top of the logs and leaves to help break things down.
 
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I have heard concerns about leaf litter forming impermeable membranes, and have had issues using it as mulch for those reasons. If you can chop the leaves up at all by running a lawnmower over them or putting them in a blender, say, they will no longer form those mats that keep the water out.

I would suggest that you apply fungal slurries to your wood and leaves. I like oyster mushrooms, but if you can get winecaps, those are also good. It's a pretty good bet that a hugelbeet with healthy mycelia will have fewer problems with impermeability of carbonaceous resources.

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How do I make a fungi slurry?
 
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Literally take mushrooms of the type you want to grow, put them in a blender with water and blend them until it's slurry-like. Then apply to the carbonaceous component of your bed.

More details and more soil information than you could possibly ever want are available if you care to peruse Dr. Bryant Redhawk's Epic Soil Wiki.

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The wine caps are a great idea for this!! And the high woody matter content makes oysters sound great, too. Have you had success innoculating oysters in a hugelkultur bed?
 
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Some. I find them growing out the sides of the bed when I am growing out my vegetable crops. They do tend to taste differently than those grown on sterile media all of one type.

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One thing I noticed after having my bed up and running is I should have waited for the soil to settle. My topsoil has sunk maybe 2-3”.
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I used logs and wood scrap in the bottom of my raised beds. I put a few inches of cow manure on top of it then covered it with a mixture of compost and our red clay soil. I put partially crushed leaves on top for mulch after stuff starts coming up and in the late fall when I shut them down. This has worked great for me and they've been up about 6 years. I had to water more last year so I may have to dig out some dirt and put in more logs.

Your planters look way better than mine. I just used old heat-treated pallet wood.
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