Ray Cover wrote:I know you all are probably tired of me reminding everyone that I'm new at this but I just want to make sure folks don't assume I know more than I do.
This fall after my tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are pretty much done for the season I am planning to pull out my raised boxes and replace them with a hugel bed about 40' long 4'wide and 4'-5' tall if I can get it that tall. Unless someone tells me different my initial plan is to mix in a fair amount of composted manure as fertilizer to try and allow for that first year nitrogen draw caused by the initial decay. If that goes well I am considering putting in another one that size the following year on the uphill side of the grape trellis..
What I am unsure of is what to plant when and in what combination. Also I am a little unsure of the issue of do I replant every year or just let part go to seed and "grow wild" so to speak. I have grown a lot of tomatoes, squash, peppers etc. the standard Midwest garden staples. But I would like to expand that and grow a wider variety.
I would like:
a variety of lettuce greens for salads
and anything else that strikes my fancy int eh way of a veggie.
I am assuming that I would be better planting the lettuce and other greens on the north side of the hugel hill to help keep them from burning up in the summer heat. Beyond that that I am not sure where to go from there. I know that some plants are cool weather plants and some prefer the summer heat. IF these are all planted together on a mound do they come up on their own at the right time of year or am I going to have Kale getting burn up in July? Do you still have to manage a hugel bed as to what you plant when to some extent or can you really just toss it all in there and let it grow like wild and trust the plants to come up and do their thing in the season they prefer? I am about 2/3 the way through Mollisons Intor to Permaculture book but I have not found this kind of info in there at least not yet. I also have Holzers PErmaculture book which I plan to attack once I'm done with the Mollison book. Hopefully that will have more of this type info in it.
You folks got any advise as to where to go to find such info?
Morgan Morrigan wrote:yup, the clover is great cover.
if you want to keep bugs and surface evap down, you can mix in some thyme too.
NO regular mints tho, it is all you will have there then.
your crescent hugels are perfect.
Would be tempted to move the grapes to the fence now, and use the trellis as a height addition, on the front fence or rear.
Side grapes will add privacy, get lots of sun, and not affect the plantings of other stuff like they do in the middle of the yard. they also are supposed to dry out once fruit is well set, or they will split and not get as sweet.
Can also interplant a drought tolerant tree to espalier in between the grape vines. Grapes should be spaced 20 feet apart out here!
you can usually add plant hedges, espaliers, and vines that grow higher than height restricted fences most everywhere. you might ask if you can train grapes higher than the fence on trellis first tho...