I am a Newby here. So I will apologize in advance for asking things that have probably been answered were I to have dug deeper before posting.
As I look at Hugelkultur I am going to try it in my back yard. While I will have trimmings from trees and could get larger logs from my property in Eastern Indiana I am also thinking I would use a more plentiful urban resource (card board). I also plan to pile in leaves so I guess I may end up with something more like a lasagna compost bed but I aspire to getting something that will soak up the spring plenty of water that comes to this creekside location and hold it through the gradual drying out of summer. I also want to figure out ways to not bend over and to share less of the "crop" with the bunnies or whatever seems to be sharing the harvest without sharing the work.
With the larger amount of non wood material should I expect the hump to "deflate" as rotting takes place and if so, was thinking I could just pile more on over time. Since I currently have a willow problem on the dam of the pond in Milton I am thinking I need to see it as a waddle shortage at home and there if I can get beds started and make fencing to hold them together at the base.
I also want to apply it out on part of property in Eastern Indiana someday.
Thanks for input. Being hard headed I will probably try it my way no matter what is said, but there is always a first time for me to actually listen to the answers I get. I figure if I am not dead yet there is still hope.