Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Oh no! My hibiscus moscheutos plant has some roots exposed!
by RJARPCGP Today at 2:38 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in September 2016
by Kelejan Today at 1:04 am

» Soil Blocks: Tutorial In Photos
by landarch Yesterday at 11:32 pm

» New England September 2016
by yolos Yesterday at 11:23 pm

» The SFG Journey-Cover crops
by yolos Yesterday at 11:21 pm

» Tryst with my first DIY SFG
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:36 pm

» Compost
by SeanM Yesterday at 10:25 pm

» The Research Journey:free-The Gardener’s Guide TO PERFECT GARDEN SOIL
by has55 Yesterday at 9:32 pm

» parsnips in square foot garden?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:54 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:33 pm

» The Research Journey:SELF-WATERING SALAD GARDEN COURSE
by has55 Yesterday at 6:58 pm

» Hand Pollination ?
by sanderson Yesterday at 6:57 pm

» Plantoid' s going into hospital ....
by llama momma Yesterday at 5:40 pm

» Admin back! Classic cars
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 5:38 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Robbomb116 Yesterday at 4:53 pm

» Kale & Parsnip Question
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 3:09 pm

» compost thermometer
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:37 pm

» EXPERIMENT: Tomatoes to Powder
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:00 am

» N&C Midwest: September 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:29 am

» The Research Journey:what to plant now, fall gardening in Dallas-Ft worth
by sanderson 9/25/2016, 9:55 pm

» Medical Topic...may be helpful to some folk....
by sanderson 9/25/2016, 9:50 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 9/25/2016, 9:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Jul 2016 - Wwwwaaaaahhhhh!
by Scorpio Rising 9/25/2016, 6:07 pm

» Another item for composting.
by llama momma 9/25/2016, 4:04 pm

» mulching
by dstack 9/25/2016, 12:27 pm

» 1,000 worms on their way....
by Cajun Cappy 9/25/2016, 11:45 am

» Mid-Atl - Oct 2016 - Fall Garden 2016
by BeetlesPerSqFt 9/25/2016, 9:32 am

» When is a great time to start a garden? The Fall!
by MrBooker 9/25/2016, 6:05 am

» NEW ENGLAND OCT 2016
by Scorpio Rising 9/24/2016, 10:02 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Hugelkulture

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Hugelkulture

Post  Retired Member 1 on 7/4/2010, 11:55 am

I"ve been reading up on this method, and it seems for those of us with enough space, it would be a great addition to SFG. Especially for squash and melons. I just got rid of a large brush pile by cutting it up in 5' lengths and putting it out for bulk pickup. I wish I had read about this method before now. Will start accumulating brush and see if I can get a 4x8 bed going for next spring. I just love experimenting! Check out this site, but there's plenty of other info on the web:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Hugelkultur-Using-Woody-Waste-in-Composting

NOTE: This thread is located in the "Non-SFG Gardening discussion" forum.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  camprn on 7/5/2010, 10:29 pm

Interesting. I will have to look into this a bit more. Thanks for the heads up.

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13979
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  jpatti on 1/18/2012, 11:57 am

I did a combo Hugelkultur/SFG thing.

I've been doing SFG since there was only one book. I became partially disabled a while back and found it difficult to garden.

My goal was to build a bed of two cinder blocks height, so I could sit on the cinder blocks and garden, neither having to stand nor bend too much.

I really didn't want a plywood box built on cinder blocks. I want soil in my container attached to the ground at the bottom so worms move in. Plus... a plywood box on cinder blocks was just too expensive to do a serious garden; growing salads is not enough for me.

However, whether Mel's mix, or another mix, it was going to cost too much to fill with soil to that depth. And being disabled, I wasn't going to be digging up gobs of soil from the yard to "stretch" it either.

So when I ran across the Hugelkultur idea, I was all over it. What we did... we filled the bottom of the bed with branches, logs, etc. from our yard, basically just saving up the stuff we usually burn until we had a good layer on the bottom. Then we put a layer of straw to level it off so it was a bit easier to work with. Finally, we filled the top 6" with Mel's mix.

I have a "seat" which is just a board with some foam rubber attached. I sit that down wherever I'm gardening and can reach to both my left and right relatively easily.

We built our bed 4' by 24'. One 24' row is devoted to vertical gardening - I can stand long enough to wrap stems or harvest, so that works for me. But I therefore have to reach into the garden 3' from one side, which is difficult down the middle. If doing it again, I would make it 3' by 24' to be easier to use.

On the other hand, it's also not big enough to grow everything I want. I have to forego strawberries, winter squash, most summer squash, most melon, multiplier onions, garlic and shallots among other things. So... we may build a second one this fall; I'm saving up wood.

jpatti

Female Posts : 117
Join date : 2012-01-18
Location : zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  newstart on 1/18/2012, 12:12 pm

great information thanks

newstart

Female Posts : 335
Join date : 2011-11-22
Age : 34
Location : houston, texas zone 9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  GWN on 1/18/2012, 12:42 pm

thanks for that article, I really did not do well with my potatoes last year and I am on the edge of a forest, so lots of raw material.

In the past when my raised beds were TOO high, and I did not have enough mix to fill them, I would fill the bottom of the raised bed with old logs and sticks, just as a space filler to make the garden mix soil go further.


GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  janezee on 1/18/2012, 10:02 pm

Welcome, jpatti!
Glad you could join us.
I'm intrigued by Hugelkultur, too. Your adaptations for your health are wonderful. I hope you'll tell us more about your beds soon.
Jane

janezee

Female Posts : 242
Join date : 2011-09-21
Age : 109
Location : Away

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  Unmutual on 1/19/2012, 7:33 am

We had a tree growing into the fence about 6 years back. Hurricane Katrina took care of the tree issue...and the fence. After cutting everything back to the stump, we built another fence and all this wood, more or less, rotted in the back yard over the next 5 years. The chunks of wood(there are no discernible logs or branches anymore) do hold moisture rather well, even when exposed to the sun. It's amazing how many weeds have grown through the chunks of wood too.

I removed all the chunks of wood from the areas that I have planted because I didn't want to have all that carbon sucking nitrogen from the soil for decomposition. Maybe I should have just left them in.

Funnily enough, I received an email from compost junkies the other day and they mentioned Hugelkultur.

Unmutual

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 396
Join date : 2011-04-23
Age : 44
Location : Greater New Orleans Area Westbank(Zone 9b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hugelkulture

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:18 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum