Hugelkultur in my back yard

When K talked about hugelkultur as she built her garden beds (refer here) I googled and read more. My understanding is that a mound is built with layers of vegetation which will gradually deteriorate and provide nutrients for plants above. Good top soil covers the mound. Seems like a smart idea; nutrients galore for the long term not just the short term.

I built one as follows:

I ordered a metre of top soil mixed with cow manure to be delivered.


I cleared the drying cosmos and tomato plants from the chosen garden bed.



I cleared the composting mulch and some depth of soil from the centre of the garden bed, leaving feverfew, marigolds and geranium plants at the edges.


Over the years as I pruned a tall fuchsia tree, I retained the more or less straight stems to use as part of climbing trellises for beans; I had many and used few.  These I hoped were perfect as the base. I used most of this store of very weathered ‘poles’ by laying them on the uncovered earth.


I had been given a bin of used coffee grounds and these were spread across.


I spread a small amount straw that had been collected from a chicken coop.


I sprinkled unused ground coffee around and then, over this, I laid seaweed that was collected weeks ago (refer here).


On top I piled weeds, dead and dying plants, old roots and leaves from around the garden.



Then I returned the dirt dug out at the beginning of the build, and the composted mulch.  A mound appears.


Finally wheel-barrow loads of top soil were spread over the mound.


I watered and let it rest for a day. Then returned the next morning and barrow loaded more soil across the mound.



This is my version of a hugelkultur ready for planting.

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2 Responses to Hugelkultur in my back yard

  1. Nei Morrison says:

    Very impressive Helen – I look forward to reading about the planned planting 👍

    Sent from my iPad



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