paul wheaton wrote:I wish to strongly discourage the thing where people make a trench and put the hugelkultur in the trench.
I wish to strongly encourage hugelkultur beds to be at least six feet tall. Preferentially 7 feet tall or taller.
I wish to strongly encourage hugelkultur beds to have very steep sides. 75 degrees to 80 degrees.
I wish to strongly encourage hugelkultur beds to be at least 20 feet long.
I wish to strongly encourage wood + soil + wood + soil + wood + soil + wood + soil + mulch. I see too much of wood-on-wood - and I wish to discourage that.
I wish to discourage the use of "nails" in hugelkultur. The stick ends up wicking water out of the hugelkultur.
I think the video is fun - but there are a lot of things in it that I wish they expressed differently.
Chris Kott wrote:I like testing. I often wish that there was a computerised suite of tools that would allow us to do complete soil analyses at home, or even on a peripheral attached to our smartphones.
The more information we gather, the more we can know, and the more we can improve our decision-making processes.
I would look for trends over time, and perhaps delay testing in areas that show steady, positive trends until there is a problem. If time and money were not factors, I would love to have near-constant feedback fed into a spreadsheet and graphed for me, and maybe even imaged on a topographical readout.
But failing that, if I were only able to spot-test to diagnose problems, I would make sure I was applying fungal slurry and compost extract over as much soil as possible, as frequently as I could.
Marco Banks wrote:
2. This is just my opinion, but I don't see anywhere in nature where foliar sprays naturally occur. If permaculture is a design science that mimics nature, I don't think you're not going to find anything like that in a natural setting. But you can always water your plant with that water.
Best of luck.