Hugels or hugelkultur seem to be the “buzz” word on the internet these days. I came across this technique years ago so am naturally drawn to anything that “saves water” and increases production thru self-fertilization.
Eager to learn and help with the building of a hugel mound almost in our very own back yard, we had an opportunity to “build” one at our neighborhood school’s “Peace Garden” with local artist & conservationist Leigh Adams.
It was certainly a fun and hands on learning experience for folks of all ages. Nothing like dirt to put folks in a happy mood.
Anything working with or using natural materials to assist with conserving water is a win win, especially in our semi arid region.
My observation, is that such beds are great and practical if you have or able to get your hands on logs, branches and excessive yard (grass clippings, mulch) kitchen waste (some folks use ash). There’s lots of articles on the internet and even some debate whether such beds increase garden production (vs similar “lasagna method”) – some mounds are elevated some of the logs buried/sunken in trenches (seems a better option for arid regions).
Either way, it looks like if you have the time and space for experimenting with this alternative gardening technique – go for it.
And if you’ve already experimented with hugel’s – how has it worked out? Pros and cons you care to share? Actually, love to hear from folks who have been growing in hugel mounds for a few years. How’s it working after 2, 4, 8 years?