From the video transcript:
"In cooperation with the association PermaVitae, the town of Übelbach has created the 'edible community'. And in this context there were built raised beds next to the elementary school. I liked the idea, because it's very natural and because only biomass is used. There aren't used any fertilizers and the plants grow as they want. Since I was thinking of expanding my own vegetable garden, it seemed like a good opportunity, and Jonny Peham fortunately offered to help us.\ And finally we are building now! In the beginning we removed the turf - made a shallow pit, and there we assembled the biomass and the branches. We make kind of layers in putting earth between the branches, so it won't collapse no freshly cut wood, like willows, alders and such, because this would bud through. We now need this kind of wood nails. Someone could already prepare this... This one is almost too thin, but they can be that long, then cut it angular, like this. Could you try to wiggle a bit? We now put on the branches, which are well ramified, so the earth is stabilized, since it is quite steep. This will then be stabilized with branches and wood nails, so it won't erode when it rains. When we're finished we put in the seeds, followed by a layer of mulch. Here we take out salad seeds, and throw it in. Some onions, salad, garden radish, sunflowers, spring garlic and spring onions as well. This is kind of a winter coat, which also becomes a fertilizer, and it protects against the rain...But hopefully it won't be too windy now.."
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- 7 feet tall, 7 feet wide, 24 feet long
- mulch it with at least 6 different kinds of mulch
- seed/plant at least two dozen different species
- mostly nitrogen fixers
- at least 6 comfrey plants
- at least 6 sunchokes
- at least a 100 sepp holzer grains
To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- Two pics of the site before the work is started with the intended location marked out.
o probably marked with wood laid on the ground that will soon be buried!
- Three pics of three different stages of construction - showing the contents of the hugelkultur
- Pics of all the stuff about to be planted
- A paragraph or two of what wood was used and where it came from, what was planted, what mulches were applied and anything else interesting
- A picture at the start of the hugelkltur with a walking tape measure starting at zero
- A picture at the end of the hugelkltur with a walking tape measure ending at 24 feet or greater
- Two pics of the site after the work is complete from the same two locations as the beginning pictures.
o include some people or something in the pics so we can gauge that the size is probably correct
- You may use an excavator or other heavy equipment if needed.
- if you dig 3 foot deep trenches on either side of the hugelkultur spot, you can use that soil, mixed with wood, to make a hugelkultur bed that is 4 feet above grade but 7 feet tall relative to the bottom of the trench. That is one way to satisfy this BB.
I made a 24 foot hugelkultur bed today!!! Twice the size went 1/3rd faster due to having a bit more experience (I did the 12' one a few days ago).
The seeds I planted are:
Mammoth red clover (n)
Chickling vetch (n)
Yellow blossom sweet clover (n)
Austrian winter pea (n)
Crimson clover (n)
Common vetch (n)
Red cowpeas (n)
Tendril peas (n)
Sepp Holzer grain
6 comfrey rootlets
7 sunchoke tubers
The nitrogen fixers were bigger handfuls than the other stuff to satisfy the "mostly" criteria. I built this adjoining Beau Davidson's 12' hugel. We planned them to curve to follow the fence and also overlap the hugel row we did earlier in the week. I had to cut down 3 trees since they were in the way but I got to use them inside the hugel. And the branches became mulch The stumps were about centered in the hugel and the base layer was the trunks of the trees. Other wood was scavenged from left over junkpole fence pieces.
I did the trench on either side approach for this hugel and found that it's quicker if you can line up the excavator with the trench and dig towards yourself. The mulches I used were straw, lambsquarters, mullein, knapweed, some green tall plant, peeled tree bark and boughs from the trees I cut down. It was snowing pretty strongly during the mulching. But maybe I can count the snow as another mulch The snow helped the seeds to stick as I broadcast them. I planted the walnuts in a clump and made a row of hazelnuts along the border between Beau and my hugel.
For the final pictures, I changed the landscape so much that I couldn't remember where my starting photos were taken from. So there are three final pics. For the vertical tape measure shots the tape is at 7'.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"