But that would destroy my brilliant idea! I was thinking about a series of hugel swales (flush with the hillside) uphill from hugel berms on a steep grade (maybe 30% or so) to contain as much water as possible. My idea was to plant perennials on the swales (raspberries, mostly - I love me some raspberries) and annuals on the berms.
This is all theoretical and may never happen; it depends on the land I end up buying. I'm still transitioning to a less-consumeristic lifestyle. My wife and I will probably be looking for our land sometime in April or May. However, some parts of Lower Michigan are very hilly, so I thought this idea might be worth trying.
If you have any cedar (juniper) you could nail that into the ground, small end down. They usually have very long branches, and are quite strong. We use that out here for fence posts, and I should think that would work quite well for your project.
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