I'm in the process of implementing a Hugelkultur system at a farm in the Eastern Part of Portugal's Algarve coast near Tavira. http://www.quintamar.com
The farm has an amazing Biopool that is totally awesome! But i'm really here to talk about Hugelkultur.
We had a storm a few weeks ago and a whole lot of brush and dead tress fell down, adding to this the annual prunings of the Olive and Almond trees, left piles of brush looking for someone to save them before they got burned by the local 'old school farmer'. Yes thats how they deal with excess here, burn it.
So my idea is to create a hugelbed mandala system around a small pond, and make it a healing, wellness nature area for the customers who come and visit the farm to hang out in a more private space thats not just the pool, but has some seclusion in amongst nature.
It gets really hot here in summer, and the summers are long and dry. Most rainfall is in the winter, peaking in december. Hopefully I can capture some of that rainfall in the hugelbeds before the tap stops. I aim to dig around 0.5m to 1m depending on how much labour is available for the task and whether the owner will pay for a small digger to come in.
I created a blog post around the project and will update it with a phase 2 post when its done. http://bit.ly/1rWJLFh