Have you done a side by side comparison with and without wood? I'd be very interested to hear the results of an experiment like that!
Zach Weiss wrote:Hugelkultur is often confused as a good system for growing trees, this is most certainly not the case. As the wood decomposes the tree roots will destabilize causing problems for the future. I've seen a lot of people that want to use Hugelkultur like swales but this is not how Sepp uses them. Hugelkulturs are for annuals and small perennials such as berry bushes etc. They can be used as a nursery space for trees but are not a long term tree growing system.
As the wood decomposes the tree roots will destabilize causing problems for the future.
digging even deeper sunken beds to bury wood is WORK, my friend
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Assaf - I love that you are experimenting with this! I hope you keep lots of notes and pictures as the summer progresses. I would definitely save the seeds of those cucumber plants! Are they Armenian cucumbers (at least that's what we call them here) - they seem to be the hardiest in hot, dry areas.
I wonder too, if more things would survive if you used a sunken hugel bed instead of the more traditional hugel mound?
Mira Morse wrote:You can have a hugelkultur (raised garden without walls/berm) right next to a sunken hugelkultur (humus storage ditch in Sepp's words). Even if nothing grows on the berm, it protects the humus storage ditch from wind.
Jeff Rash wrote:Mr. Widtsoe's book is available free as well. Just search the following text string: John A. Widtsoe & Dry Farming - A System of Agriculture for Countries Under Low Rainfall [...] Lastly, if you implement any of these methods PLEASE do keep me informed!