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Freckles
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 9:33 pm    Post subject: Hugelkultur Reply with quote

Anyone heard of this? Its basically a huge raised garded bed with logs, sticks and wood buried under it to eliminate the need for watering and to help feed the soil.

This page gives a good description.
http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

What are your thoughts on doing something like this in Ireland where its lovely and wet already

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you asked for our thoughts well I think its a stupid idea Laughing
For years farmers down the country have being piling soil and stones and filling gaps with hawthorn and blackthorn at the side of fields and ended up with the same structures,
1. will you have to buy the trees
2. what happens when it collapses
3.rain could wash the nutrients out of the soil through the bottom.
sorry looks like too much work for little reward.
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i failed to see how it works, put try out a small one, and see how you get on, but im afraid it makes no sense, the watering part, for me, Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
you asked for our thoughts well I think its a stupid idea Laughing
For years farmers down the country have being piling soil and stones and filling gaps with hawthorn and blackthorn at the side of fields and ended up with the same structures,
1. will you have to buy the trees
2. what happens when it collapses
3.rain could wash the nutrients out of the soil through the bottom.
sorry looks like too much work for little reward.


I guess its just a glorified raised bed system really Laughing

I dont think you would buy the trees, it would be used if you had alot of excess wood to dispose of or knew someone with some. You could use twigs or branches either.

From what I have been reading I presume it would 'settle' rather than collapse and I have read that some people make them slightly larger than they need and then add compost to the top as it begins to 'settle'.

As the wood etc decomposes it adds heat to the bed and it retains alot of water with the rotting wood all the while improving the soil.

I dont know about the rain washing out the nutrients, I did wonder how sucessful something like this would be in Ireland because of the wet weather. I think Hugelkultur is mostly used in hot dry countries anyways. Its not really a new idea either like you say.
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