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Post  schristi69 on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 12:53

Came across this today. Seemed very interesting and very viable in AZ. anyone else heard of/tried this?



http://www.instructables.com/id/No-irrigation-raised-bed-gardening-system-Hugelku/

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Post  lisaphoto on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 14:48

I would think the rotting logs would tie up the nitrogen unless they were really decomposed. Another method you could try is the Back to Eden method http://backtoedenfilm.com/ where you plant in compost, but cover with a thick layer of wood chips. You don't mix them in, they just sit on top. But the wood chips help hold in moisture and aerate the soil, plus add some nutrients when they compost.
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Post  Unmutual on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 15:53

@schristi69 wrote:Came across this today. Seemed very interesting and very viable in AZ. anyone else heard of/tried this?



http://www.instructables.com/id/No-irrigation-raised-bed-gardening-system-Hugelku/

My non-SFG herb spiral uses hugelkulture. I probably won't know how well it works for another few years. I didn't use cut logs, I used heat treated southern yellow pine from a project that had run its course. Either way, the compost that I used with it will probably keep all the herbs alive while the wood and leaves compost down.

I'm expecting to have to raise some of the plants later as I add compost to keep the level at a height that I like.

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Post  schristi69 on Sun 25 Mar 2012 - 19:08

@lisaphoto wrote:I would think the rotting logs would tie up the nitrogen unless they were really decomposed. Another method you could try is the Back to Eden method http://backtoedenfilm.com/ where you plant in compost, but cover with a thick layer of wood chips. You don't mix them in, they just sit on top. But the wood chips help hold in moisture and aerate the soil, plus add some nutrients when they compost.



They did state that nitrogen depletion the first year was a factor the first year.

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