Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

You will recall from my post on Eat Your Yard Jax that I was fascinated to learn about hugelkultur. I didn’t want to toss chunks of trees in my hugelkultur plot because covering it with soil in my low vegetable garden would have been enormously expensive but I liked the idea that hugelkultur would raise my garden above the flood plain while we are in the “wet” years. I opted to experiment with a one-row version of hugelkultur using sticks and twigs from the yard that usually go out to the curb for pick up.

Fortuitously, Priss was coming to town for Thanksgiving and announced that she would be visiting with me on Friday. This put me in charge of the entertainment and immediately, the left side of my lip twisted into a smirk while a resounding pop filled the air as my horns put in an appearance. Yes indeedy, I had just the thing for my bona fide, card-carrying, architecturally licensed sister with the Master’s Degree. A little grubbing in the dirt. Hee hee.

Before you scream about me being the older, meaner sister, I did warn her to wear old clothes because I could use a little help with weeding in my veggie garden patch.  In her family, they have something called the Good Sport Award where you do something that might not really appeal to you for the benefit of another family member. And that is how I got my one row hugelkultur experiment started.

After weeding, I dug a trench with the hand plow and we tossed in the twigs:

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Then we emptied the contents of my two compost trash cans on top of the twigs:

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I am happy to report that she was a Good Sport about helping with my experimental project. A few days later, I purchased 3 cubic feet of potting soil and added that to the top of the compost and twigs:

hugelkulture w 3 cu ft potting soil-0029

It then took me two weeks to plant my seeds — bok choy,  red and green cabbage, red bunching onions, Russian kale and tatsoi. Five days later, the bok choy looked like this (only the onions haven’t sprouted):

first bok choy sprouts on my hugelkulture-0037

12 thoughts on “MY HUGELKULTUR”

  1. Having read about hugelkultur myself, I decided to try this in a raised bed this year. We piled limbs into the bed, then covered with soil. I am pleased with the results. I had no summer stress in the plants I grew there. I am now raising lettuce, violas and pansies in the same raised bed; great so far! Best wishes for your own garden, and Merry Christmas!

    1. Merry Christmas, Deb! I went over to see if you had written about hugelkultur but could find no search box. Every blog needs a search box!!! Discovered I have missed a couple of posts which I’ll go back and read. I use WordPress as my “reader” and they don’t always do a good job about posting updates on the non-WordPress blogs.

  2. I could hear your horns popping as I read your story! I see you managed to leave out the part about me calling you a crazy lunatic! Best wishes for a successful winter garden.

  3. I think I’ve done this without meaning to. When I started the garden I wanted a mound in front of the deck and piled it up a bit like that. But it’s good to see how you do it. Good luck with the veggies. And happy new year, Linda.

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