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Huegelbeed or hill bed


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:37 pm    Post subject: Huegelbeed or hill bed Reply with quote

I had an issue in my allotment with heavy soil and water logging. I started to double dig it and put in manure and straw... but soon I sank into mud and the rain washed away all the work I put in with the double digging. I looked for a while for a solution. The obvious raised bed came to mind, but then I discovered the huegelbeed or hill bed. the articles I found said that it will resolve drainage as well as draught problems and will add an additional extra which is the internal heating up due to the rotting down of the organic matter in the inside.

I thought I share with you how to do it and report back on it during the season.

Here is how it goes:

1. In the bottom add 20cm of wood chips. If needed put in wire mesh against mice.
2. Put the gass tiles back on with the grass facing downwards.
3. Add a 20cm layer of leaves and grass clippings. You can mix in kitchen waste if you like.
4. Add 15cm of rotted farmyard manure.
5. Cover with min 25cm of top soil mixed with compost.

I attach a diagram.

Let me know what you think.[/img]



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good idea there Redfox. Am I right in saying you just take up the sod and work away without digging, ie just put the layers on top of the soil.
Also how long does it need to be done before u can plant it up or can u plant away immediately.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes if you have topsoil available otherwise dig down one spade deep and use the topsoil to cover it when you're finished. I dug down about 40cm and put lots of wood chips in this sorted my drainage problem. I made two of them 8x1.2 meters. I planted onions, shallots and garlic into one of them last November. Another great thing is that the soil is really loose and growing all kinds of long root crops will work very well. I take some pictures as soon as the snow melts away.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where did u get the wood chips Question
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