I dug up 3-4 hunks of concrete about 10 cm down today. Who knows what else is under that yard.
I don't believe daikon alone can break up clay. Daikon like all radishs need deep and loose soil. The deeper the taproot should go the deeper the soil must be.
A few mistakes:
--I saw that hugelkulturs are supposed to be at minimum 45 degree angle. Mine's too flat I suppose, and I imagine it will compact and get even flatter. Should I fork it from time-to-time to get oxygen in there?
--The straw bales as borders is a dubious plan, I admit. My goal to plant on top of them and they will rot down. I'll fork them out and replace them and throw the newly-rotten straw on top of the hugelkultur.
Any thoughts, suggestions? Thanks,
William James wrote:
Sooooo, I guess the question is this:
Why am I seeing a disconnect between natural farming techniques which seek to leave the soil undisturbed and hugelkultur or raised beds which put organic material underground and disturb the soil? Both strategies are being promoted, yet they seem quite different.
Adam Klaus wrote:Thanks for that little tidbit about Fukuoka, James-
I just finished reading Holzer's Permaculture, and my brain was really wrestling with the Hugel idea. My stubborn mind wanted to say it wasnt realistic for my 1/4 acre market garden. But the Fukuoka mention, and looking it up in Natural Farming, was the final straw that broke this stubborn camel's back. Wow! Fukouka advocating the same idea as Holzer? I am all in now.
So begins the process, I will convert the market garden to Hugelbeds. How could a rookie like me dispute Holzer and Fukuoka, at the same time, their insights arrived at independently? I cant.
I am not willing to run heavy machinery over the beautiful living Biodynamic soil I have developed, so I will use a rotary plow on the back of my walk behind BCS. Trench out furrows like for extra deep potatoes, fill with apple orchard prunings, and mound up with the rotary plow to form small Hugelbeds. Not going to be 2m tall, no chance of that without backhoes and major soil disturbance. But I will get the raised bed effect, the surface texture, the microclimates, and most importantly, the huge amounts of buried carbon in the soil. Fired up!
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