Hügelkultur, meaning “hill culture” in German, is a method of raised bed gardening that uses decaying wood as a basis for building up a berm. Berms are useful in directing the flow of water, and protecting more delicate plants from prevailing wind damage.
For this simple hugelkultur garden, Ihave piled sticks and wood, covered them in compost, planted my shrubs, and mulched the resulting berm first with a layer of newspapers, and second with a layer of wood chips.
As the wood breaks down, it will create a rich soil with plenty of air pockets, allowing for excellent drainage and root penetration for the plants planted in the mound.
My yard has poor drainage, so building up the soil is the only sustainable way to utilise the space without creating a pond. Hugelkultur beds provide exceptional drainage for plants that don’t like “wet feet” (ie. waterlogged root systems).
Winter squash are making arms and growing the way I’d hoped they would. I’m letting these ones out of the box to wander around the grass. I’m confident we have the rabbit situation under control *touches wood*.
Pamela Page’s expansive, 90- by 55-foot fenced-in plot initially overwhelmed her. “But it’s amazing how fast I filled in every square
inch of dirt,” she says. “Within two years, I was already dreaming of
what I could grow if only I had more space”.
These gardens are a great solution if you are lacking in good soil: especially if you live in an urban area with soil that is contaminated by things like glass, run-off or other waste.
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