Hugelkulture is pronounced, “Hoogle Culture” in English. This type of bed is a great way to build a bed of excellent soil over a a few years. In the meantime it can sort of act as a self watering in ground bed.
Here are four videos showing how we built one in our front yard.
Part 4, Wrap up:
Steps to building the bed:
- Dig out a bed, or define the area you want to use.
- Layer in logs that will rot over time and retain water in meantime. Remember do not use wood that resists rotting.
- Add compost, leaves, shredded office paper, coffee grounds, sticks, twigs, grass clippings (not from lawns that use chemical lawn companies).
- You can also add lime and rock dust.
- Add some dirt on top for planting while the bed slowly rots
Why do this ?
- To build quality soil
- To use things from our landscape when a tree has fallen, or we have done tree maintenance.
- To create a raised bed situation that functions as a self-watering bed because the logs are holding water while they rot.