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Title: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 02, 2011, 02:17:12 PM
I don't know if this thread will take off, but here is our Hugelkultur Bed that our young sons and I started on today. We used wood I cut and piled over 7 years ago, before we had kids. We decided not to burn wood in the house while our boys were really little so it set. Well this wood is rotten and using it for a Hugelkultur bed was a no brainer. I used my tiller to loosen up the dirt in a 4' strip, then a shovel, rake, and hoe to remove the dirt. Then we stacked the wood and covered it with the dirt. I will need more dirt I think, but that won't be a problem.  I'm going to stack rip rap rock along the edge like Jack talked about in Episode-693- Creative Gardening here  http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-693-creative-gardening-solutions-for-transitional-or-harsh-environments (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-693-creative-gardening-solutions-for-transitional-or-harsh-environments)

This bed is up hill from two small gardens and 50 fruit trees and will also act as a Permaculture Swale when I get it completed. Fortunate or unfortunate I have more rotten wood. :-\

](http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/BED1.jpg) (ftp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/BED1.jpg[/IMG)

](http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/BED2.jpg) (ftp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/BED2.jpg[/IMG)

Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Bubafat on July 02, 2011, 03:19:45 PM
Very nice...keep us posted on how it works out. 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 03, 2011, 01:11:20 PM
Thanks.

Got most of the wood covered. I'm going to extend the bed at both ends later on. I seeded buckwheat as a cover crop for a  fall planting of vegtables. Just need a little rain now.

Does anybody else have a Hugelkultur bed to show?
](http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/bed3.jpg) (ftp://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/bed3.jpg[/IMG)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Rookinde on July 04, 2011, 02:21:40 PM
Way to go... the pic's are great. Keep us up to date.

Rook
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 05, 2011, 01:26:05 PM
Thanks.

Today i started stacked rock along the edge like Jack talked about in eposode 693.  I'm going to use limestone rip rap rock, because it's pretty much the cheapest way to go for me. Not much rock here where I'm at. I like this idea, becuase the rock will help retain and draw moister, help hold heat, and give it a permentate 'frame' that will out last me.
We did get some rain, so when the buckwheat starts growing I'll post another picture.

Hope to see other Hugelkultur Bed soon.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 05, 2011, 01:45:02 PM
Found another thread here of a really nice Hugelkultur Bed.

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=28463.0 (ftp://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=28463.0)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: endurance on July 05, 2011, 02:27:39 PM
Just spotted the thread and I'm still working on compiling a whole bunch of pictures to show the process of developing my garden beds this year, but here's one shot I already uploaded:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5265/5673020510_a32f1345f6_z.jpg)

This picture is of a new rock wall I put in with rock I got from just digging down about 12" (to unyielding bedrock).  You'll notice how in the foreground there's bare soil that's about 12" below the grade going up to the right.  After removing the soil and separating out the rock, I put in about 12-18" of old logs, mostly Ash and Elm on one end, mostly pine on the other, based on what I have available.  The bed is now about 35-40' long and varies from 5-15' wide as it followed the contour of the hillside.  I put about 6" of woodchips and old hay on top of the logs (shown), then added 6" of horse manure, then 12" of top soil to the point where the soil was level with the top of the rock wall.  To the right in the picture is a swale that's about 70' long that I had put in with a bobcat. 

My soil profile is 0-6" 60% sandy loam with 40% 2-6" rock, 7-13" 30-40% sandy loam with 60-70% 2-12" rock.  Decomposing granite with areas of granite coming to the surface.  Occassionally soils to a depth of 14-18", but mostly shallow rocky soils that drain well, but lack organic materials.  The area is covered in ponderosa forest with 15-20% openings.  Soil is slightly acidic, about pH 6-6.5, worse in areas of denser trees, approaching pH 5.5.

I'll try to get up more pics this week, as I have about 12 weeks worth of pictures in my camera that need uploading at the moment.  The spot you're looking at right now has about a half-dozen trees, 40-50 strawberry plants, another 4-5 shrubs, and a variety of garden herbs growing under a 2-3" bed of pine mulch.  It's been a lot of work to get set up and right now I'm drip irrigating 2-3x a week while everything gets established, but I'd suspect by this time next year, I'll be down to 1-2x a week (in an environment that gets about 17" of moisture, mostly in the form of snow, every year).  I'm also growing some veggies this year in this bed because I didn't have other bed space available, but I suspect by next year I'll have new beds in and have the entire bed dedicated to being a perennial forest garden.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: endurance on July 06, 2011, 01:04:15 PM
Hey Muddy, I just started a thread on what I did to develop my beds http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=28530.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=28530.0).  As always, lots of trial and error.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 06, 2011, 01:17:03 PM
endurance,
Thanks for posting this.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 15, 2011, 07:25:08 AM
Was able to finish putting the riprap down on the side a couple days ago. The buckwheat is starting to come up even though it's only rain once.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/bed4.jpg)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Morning Sunshine on July 15, 2011, 08:06:05 AM
wow - I like the rocks on the edge!  makes it look really pretty!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 15, 2011, 11:00:39 AM
Yeah my wife likes it now. She wasn't sure about me building anymore, but now I have the go ahead for more. I think I'm might see how well this one does before I build another. I'm going to extend it on both ends a little so I did put rock on the ends.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: TheArmedFarmer on July 19, 2011, 08:54:31 AM
I built a hugelkultur bed in the shape of a mandala garden last year and this year it's doing really well. I took lots of pics and posted it along with a hugel-tutorial as an article on my site.  http://allthingsplants.com/articles/view/dave/96/
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: endurance on July 19, 2011, 09:14:26 AM
Nice job, Dave.  Thanks for the link.  Looks good.  I like how you used a nitrogen rich mulch, lawnmower clippings, over your logs to help provide a nitrogen source.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: TheArmedFarmer on July 19, 2011, 10:13:22 AM
It made a really big difference. I cut the grass down and immediately raked it up and put it in the bed. Within a few weeks the grass clippings had started turning that nice black slimy composty feel and look. I think it made a huge difference with this bed.

The mandala shape is fantastic, too. I love our "hugel bed".  :)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on July 19, 2011, 12:34:42 PM
Thanks for sharing!
I'm new to permaculture and didn't know what a mandala garden was so I looked it up, and I will be building atleast large one. Most of our yard is sloped and "linear gardens" don't work in most places and I'm over 4x square beds.
Thanks
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: TheArmedFarmer on July 19, 2011, 12:36:16 PM
MuddyFork, it definitely sounds like you're ready for mandala shaped beds.

Congrats on that riprap, by the way. I wish I had access to such quantities of rock.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: CountryRootsCityJob on July 21, 2011, 10:41:49 AM
Well I don't have any pic's, but I can attest to the Hugelkultur bed with grass clippings!  I randomly decided to make one in my parents backyard, much to my father horror when he discovered I was building a "Termite house."  But, this year the garden is doing almost absolutely nothing and the bed I build it taking off with volunteer tomato's, some green beans, and some sunflowers!  I'm thinking this is a great way to go for gardening, as long as the termite thing isn't a serious threat to the house.
~CRCJ
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: ModernSurvival on August 05, 2011, 12:32:05 PM
I have moved this post to the Permaculture board and made it a sticky.  Keep the pictures coming folks.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: sylvan on August 09, 2011, 11:42:13 AM
Very cool indeed.  I have seen schematics of something similar in my Permacluture book.  I was thinking of building one also using saplings from around the property.  Keep us up to date on how it works out for you.

Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: surfivor on August 15, 2011, 11:42:21 PM
 After listening to Alex Jones recently, I was almost scared to post my huggel kultur pics, but I guess I am either brave, foolish, or too tempted to show off ..

 I am going to grow various perenials and greens mixed into these beds, but also ground nuts or other invasive things.

 All these beds have 18 inches to 2 feet of logs under them, mainly poplar and some birch. The beauty seems to be I can cut some trees and if I don't use them for firewood in time, they can become huggle logs ..

Bed 1. I burried the base of small trees and all in wooden logs covered with dirt. I figure ground nuts can climb these, or I will cut these trees when they start to grow too big. This bed is partially shaded, but I can expose it to more sun next year but cutting some trees ..

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6048060343_ed84175264.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6207/6048609920_5269aafcac.jpg)

bed 2, small mound. I will probably put logs around it to prevent it from flattening out ..
planted some mints I had previously bought here. My sister said spearmint is highly invasive, so I
created a mini clearing someplace else with partial sun and moved the spearmint there. I just planted a bunch of salad greens,
carrots and so on here for the fall as well

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6048612978_38b1192e2c.jpg)


 aronia bush enclosed in wire, ground nut (on right) growing up wire:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6048058901_b0117f4c5b.jpg)

bed 3, intended for rasberries/groundnut combo I think.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6183/6048057349_0226f1b131.jpg)

bed 3 from other side with more logs added.
 I somehow realized I could manage to do something without having to rent any heavy equipment. It just takes longer but it
is good exercise. Here, I cart the dirt over rough ground some 300 feet from the pile it was dropped at near the road.  Alot of the logs I carried some 400 feet by hand through the woods last March
when there was 3 feet of snow on the ground using snowshoes of  course. I am still moving logs
all over the place and have had to make sure I don't carry too heavy a log as my back can bother me
sometimes. There's a few green logs mixed in here, but I try to use older ones which farther back in the woods
there seems to be a bunch of those. Poplar seems to manage to leave dead logs all over the place somehow
more than other trees, at least on my land.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6183/6048068655_bbacef858a.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6048067921_26c25f1ce9.jpg)

look non conformist horders/terrorists at work, using dirt compost ! People trying to grow food outside the system !
It can't work !
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6048066411_e7efe8af44.jpg)

bed 4, different clearing, intended for Jerusalem Artichoke/ground nut combo.
This pile is going to be smaller as I had to cart the dirt some 600 or 700 feet through the woods.
I want to isolate JA as they may be too invasive ..
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6048614582_de791c4a75.jpg)

Ground nut growing up a telephone pole. Isn't that beautiful ? Years ago I had
a great fondness for brook trout. I still do sort of, but more a surfer than fisherman
these days, but I have developed a similar fondness for the ground nut.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6048104189_a8bf1b1731.jpg)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Remman on August 16, 2011, 01:06:49 PM
Tag for later viewing pleasure.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on August 27, 2011, 02:47:52 PM
This is a pic of a trailer load of logs for my beds and the tools I use to get them out of the woods. My 11" Sandvik Log Tongs I use are almost worth their weight in gold. I can 'easily' drag, load, and unload a trailer load of 6' logs with them. Thought I'd share this affordable tool with everybody.
 (http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/bed5.jpg)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: PrepperJim on October 05, 2011, 07:34:09 PM
Thanks everyone for sharing their pictures. I am going to build a Hugelkulture bed in my back yard. Here is my situation:

1) I live in an urban area with a 50'X150' lot. Situated east-west on the long side. Yeah, it is damn small.
2) The area in the back yard is on the North-West corner and is L shaped. I have a 4'X9' area to put the bed in and have room to walk all around. The bed will be situated east-west. There are some other beds around the perimeter of the back. I planted with peppers this year and put in two blackberry bushes. ;-)
3) There was an overgrown bush/tree in the far north-west corner that I cut down and just finished digging out the damn stump. The trunk is probably 6" in diameter.

My next steps are:
1) Dig a 4'X9' trench 3 feet deep.
2) Bury the stump, trunk and some branches in the trench so that they are a minimum of 2-3" below grade. I want future owners to have the option of leveling the area and not run into that damn stump! ;-)
3) Cover with compost and refill with the dirt.
4) Construct a 6" raised bed above grade and fill with compost and the remaining dirt.
5) Come spring, I will be ready to plant beans to get the nitrogen back into the soil.

Lastly, I am going to plant an orange or peach tree in the northwest corner where the bush was.

Any comments on my plan? Will this function as intended? Any suggestions on the composition of the compost, keeping in mind I will be getting from the local Home Depot or nursery. I think Jack did a show on what types and mix of compost to put in new beds, but I cannot recall.

Please comment if I am being stupid in this plan. It is not too late to just construct a standard raised bed and use the "Square Foot Gardening" method.

 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: JoeD on October 06, 2011, 09:06:27 AM
Please comment ......

What you are planning sounds pretty good to me.  My suburban property seems pretty close in size to yours and I've done four raised beds using the hugelkulture principles.  My main beds are double stacked cinder block (from Lowes/HD) which give good height, I initially dug out about a foot down and removed the soil to give me some extra room.  I collected logs (4'-5' long by 6"- 8") from trees being cut down by the city.  I just threw the logs into the bottom and filled with a mix of lasagna gardening style material.  Seems to work good but probably won't see the true benefits for another couple of years as the logs breakdown.

I've been collecting logs from my city worker friends for years and also use them by burying them almost all the way in the ground (leave a little showing) around all my other yard plants/beds.  This isn't truly hugelculturing but I'm thinking it is a good way to help keep the soil rich.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: ModernSurvival on November 21, 2011, 08:32:17 PM
I am chronicling all the stuff I am doing with Hugelkultur, here are parts one, two and three so far.  Many more additions to follow.

Part One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIFB2mXTMfY

Part Two

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N2Q-esXVP4

Part Three

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO303KfdBBU

More to come soon.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on January 07, 2012, 04:22:38 PM
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y293/muddyfork/alog.jpg)

We went out to zone 5 and got some more logs for the beds we're going to be building this year. It's a great time of the year to get decaying wood; you can see the logs from a ways off, no bugs, no ivy, and it's not HOT!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: ModernSurvival on January 07, 2012, 04:54:55 PM
MuddyFork, Ain't it great.  Working on this stuff is so much easier right now. 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: MuddyFork on January 07, 2012, 05:20:44 PM
Yes it is!
Jack, thanks for the work you do getting all this great info out. :)
Live by example.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: tomh on January 29, 2012, 06:27:31 PM
Here is my experiment with Hugelkultur. So far so good.


(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Curvature.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/digging-225x300.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FinihsedBerm-225x300.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/HugelKulturSwale1-225x300.jpg)

The hugelkultur swale is really coming around. I look forward to using it as a foundation to starting my food forest.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: RationalHusker on February 04, 2012, 08:20:38 AM
Here is my experiment with Hugelkultur. So far so good.

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/HugelKulturSwale1-225x300.jpg)

The hugelkultur swale is really coming around. I look forward to using it as a foundation to starting my food forest.

I really like your hugelswale design.  Please post more photos as it progesses.  What are you hoping to grow there (annual veggies, perennials, or shrubs)?
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: PrepperJim on March 04, 2012, 03:55:18 PM
I've completed my hugelkultur bed and gotten the first plants into the ground.

This project started out as "cut down that damn overgrown bush/tree in the back yard, honey" and turned into a hugelkulture bed.

So here is the tree.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6807650530_49c3c73bf0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807650530/)
IMG_3781 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807650530/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/)

Here is me cutting it down (notice all the safety gear!)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6807650962_197c6b6390.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807650962/)
IMG_3787 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807650962/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

Here is the damn stump that I had to dig and cut out.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7201/6953762047_fb666f4a6b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6953762047/)
IMG_3829 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6953762047/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

Here is the five foot by nine foot by five foot deep trench I dug to bury the stump and limbs. That is Jake, the survival yellow lab (critical buddy!).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/6807651722_d30f839c04.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807651722/)
IMG_4260 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807651722/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

Here is the completed 4 ft by 8 ft bed above grade.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/6807653414_a1076765e0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807653414/)
IMG_4448 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807653414/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

This is my other bed built by the previous owners. I have peppers, onions, oregano and cilantro planted here with a blackberry bush that I planted last year. You can also see my 45 watt solar project with a tote that houses the charge controller and deep cycle battery.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7042/6953763591_bd26e93079.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6953763591/)
IMG_4451 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6953763591/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

I planted bush beans in the hugelkultur bed and they are poking out of the ground after one week!! I will plant the other half of the bed in a week so I get staggered production. Frankly, I cannot wait until the first crop produces!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7061/6807652594_919b602eb9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807652594/)
IMG_4450 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61336135@N06/6807652594/) by PrepperJim (http://www.flickr.com/people/61336135@N06/), on Flickr

So, we will see how the crops grow.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: aman on March 17, 2012, 10:55:03 AM
Well in my normal way of just jumping in and doing stuff without actually knowing what I am doing here is what happened today at the allotment. Although it was a beautiful day there were not a lot of other people at the allotment today to ask me what I was up to due to the fact that there was a rugby match on the telly so while I was up to my elbows in soil and funky wood the rest of the population was shouting at the telly with a beer in their hands and not shouting at me for putting wood in the ground.

After about a minute of beard rubbing I finally said to my wife "Is it OK if I put a hugelkultur bed here?" "A hugel what!?" "A raised bed" " I suppose so" I set about attacking this otherwise unused part of the allotment.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur1.jpg)

We have pretty shallow top soil on this site so I dug a trench down until I hit the shale subsoil. The trench is about 2 foot wide by 1 foot deep and about 10 foot long.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur2.jpg)

Then I started laying in the bigger bits of wood.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur3.jpg)

And carried on until I ran out.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur4.jpg)

The area I chose didn't really have any turf because it was dug over last year but never used so I decided to dig a trench beside the bed on the uphill side to provide some turf and also to act as a water catchment for the bed. This also doubled the amount of soil for covering the wood. (I'm making it up as I go along at this point)
I turned the turf over on top of the pile of wood ans started shovelling the soil from the trench. I then shovelled the soil from the original trench on top.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur5.jpg)

The resulting bed is now about 2 foot above ground level AND 3 foot above the bottom of the up hill trench.

I still have a bit more soil to drag up over it and i have a load of composted material that i could put on top if need be.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur6.jpg)

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e121/mackerelbus/Amans%20Hugelkultur%20bed%20experiment%202012/hugelkultur7.jpg)



Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: tomh on March 17, 2012, 11:18:14 PM
I added hugelkultur raised bed in front of my hugelkultur swale. Everything is coming along nicely.
(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/SideViewHugelBed-300x225.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/StartHugelkulturBed-300x225.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FinishedHugelKulturBed-300x225.jpg)

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/BackView-225x300.jpg)
Just finished up a few weeks ago. I'm planting perennials and herbs and seeding with nitrogen fixing plants.

(http://singlechopstick.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/SwaleGrownUp-300x225.jpg)
Notice the tall green grass wrapping around my raised beds. The rain has been nice to use this winter in Austin Texas
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: aman on March 19, 2012, 01:37:27 PM
I like the look of your dome there Tom

I started work on my geodesic fruit cage this weekend

I shal post some pictures when it's done
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on May 30, 2012, 06:45:32 AM
Here are my Raised-Not-So-Hugelkultur-Beds. I apologize to anyone who has been following the progress in my garden thread because I have previously posted the pictures there.

Below is a picture taken at completion of the first dig. It basically gave me 6 semi-level spots to place the raised beds in my back yard. The land slopes top to bottom from between 17º to 30º and from left to right at about 10º.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7100083329_7f812ab9a6_n.jpg)

Here are the 4' x 8' boxes that I preassembled.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5324/7100083171_e338cd83e9_n.jpg)

Here is one of the stacks that I drew wood from. It's from an ornamental pear tree in our yard that had begun to suffer from center rot. It sat there drying for a couple of months. More wood came from the wood pile in our courtyard and was consisted mainly of maple.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/6954014474_14a6372695_n.jpg)

Here are the beds after the second dig and after being filled with wood, sod, leaves from last fall and fill dirt. The second dig went about 2' down and left a shelf for the raised bed boxes to sit upon.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7179245364_fc3a70b059_n.jpg)

This is a shot standing above the lower center bed. It's kind of hard to get an idea of what is going on due to the odd perspective.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7179245778_8d71f0a82b_n.jpg)

The beds after the frames have been set in, leveled and dirt was placed over the wood in the holes.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7084/7223940982_0a6c96326a_n.jpg)

The beds after being filled with compost and a cover of shredded mulch.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/7286218040_ab3414075b_n.jpg)

The mound of dirt you see at the top of the hill will be reduced in height and spread further along the boundary between the neighbor's yard and my own so that it can divert runoff from his garden which is upslope from mine.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: RationalHusker on June 05, 2012, 05:24:26 PM
Here are my Raised-Not-So-Hugelkultur-Beds. I apologize to anyone who has been following the progress in my garden thread because I have previously posted the pictures there.

That looks really, really good, Nico.  Anything planted, yet?
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on June 05, 2012, 06:37:25 PM
That looks really, really good, Nico.  Anything planted, yet?

Thanks!

I have Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers, Beans, Corn, Sunflower, Carrots, Radish, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Pumpkin and a few other things I can't recall at the moment.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: lhunt on June 12, 2012, 06:54:29 PM
I thought I'd share my first real attempt at a hugelkultur swale on contour bed.

http://youtu.be/xfWvdSbCF3w

This bed is 6x16 with a 2' peak. Each side is 4' long from ground to peak making the plantable surface area to be 8x16 thus increasing the surface area due to the mounding of soil as opposed to the normal flat garden.

We have 6 - 4x4 beds (96 sqft). This 6x16 (96 sqft) which is actually closer to 8x16 due to the mounding effect is more like (128 sqft) - you can feel free to correct my math this is all estimation anyway. I can't wait to see how it performs over the next few seasons!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on July 18, 2012, 08:14:48 PM
Nice work Ihunt!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: lhunt on July 18, 2012, 08:36:32 PM
Nice work Ihunt!
thanks Nicodemus! i did some beds similar to yours but not nearly as well thought out. yours are awesome!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Falling_blue on August 19, 2012, 02:09:32 PM
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/Eggs/C360_2012-08-11-16-31-11.jpg)
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/Eggs/C360_2012-08-11-16-30-52.jpg)
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/Eggs/C360_2012-08-11-16-30-33.jpg)

My start to a few hugel rows.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: lhunt on August 19, 2012, 07:09:06 PM
Falling_blue, that looks really good. I wish I would have made mine longer. My next one will be!

BTW, we've been in extreme/exceptional drought conditions here in central Indiana. We've been watering a few times a week though, but this HB has performed way better than the other six raised beds.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Falling_blue on August 19, 2012, 07:26:19 PM
I need more fresh compost to finish this row.  It already looks a lot different with all the tall grass cut down around it and the overgrown row behind thinned out.  Got the fall garden in what was in the pic and is going well.  I am probably over watering at the moment but want to make sure the logs are soaking up water. 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on August 27, 2012, 06:56:36 AM
Nice work, Falling_blue!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Falling_blue on August 27, 2012, 10:12:15 AM
The compost that I planted in is good seasoned horse manure and most everything is popping up.  Didn't have good germination on the lettuces but it might have been too hot outside.

I haven't mulched  yet but I think I will need to, even as much as I am watering, the top layer of the bed is pretty dry.

Also while watering I do notice some erosion so I tilled up around the bed and planted cover crops at the base and up a little on the sides.

Since the good manure is 45min away (but $5 a truck full!) and I now have access to a very close horse stable's pile, I filled in the rest of the bed with partially composted material.  Just shoveling it in and out of my truck help the process a lot.  My thought was that it would probably help break down the wood for next year's garden....and it might be ready for a winter cover crop.  I turned a load I picked up last week with a tiller attachment on my weed eater and it got around the logs pretty well.  I will add a pic later today of the progress

Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Falling_blue on August 27, 2012, 05:31:46 PM
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/C360_2012-08-27-17-41-44.jpg)
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/C360_2012-08-27-17-40-50.jpg)
Title: My Western Hugelkultur Bed
Post by: Ericnb on September 18, 2012, 04:33:56 PM
Here is my Western style Hugelkultur bed.  I have very limited space, (my back yard is a 34k swim pool) so I had to use a planter is the front yard.  I kept the pigmy palm because the wife wants a tropical landscape.  I basically dug down one foot and leveled the ground.  I used season firewood, pine pieces I picked up a pallet making factory (free), tree trimmings, cardboard, and some shredded palm tree pieces.  I then put the old topsoil on the cover everything.  I found a place that boards horses and picked up free compost from the there and cover the planter about 5 inches deep. After two days I added some top soil I picked up at Home depot. The planter material cost was $14.00.  Since then I planted a mango tree, sweet pepper, and Cabbage starter plants and a peace lily (for the wife).  I'm going to be plant some Radish and Bell Pepper seeds but I have been waiting because it has been it the 90's the last two weeks.

what I started with.
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-08-28%2015.49.31_zpsfd9d0de8.jpg)
Dug out  before leveling
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-05%2017.49.54_zps765a23ad.jpg)
adding  the wood
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-06%2018.05.51_zps507d86cc.jpg)
ready for the top soil
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-06%2018.22.49_zps9f14a3c5.jpg)
closeup of the compost
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-12%2011.48.00_zps353c9d17.jpg)
adding the compost
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-12%2009.54.21_zps16c85979.jpg)
starting to plant
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p634/EricThesure/2012-09-16%2013.12.33_zps4a1d3a59.jpg)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on September 19, 2012, 04:16:41 PM
Looking great, Falling_blue!

Very cool, Ericnb!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: surfivor on October 05, 2012, 01:26:51 AM

 I am wondering if I might have put down too much wood and not enough dirt. I think I tried to put down 18 inches of compost dirt on top of the wood, but it might have been less in some places. I got raspberries on one bed, some beds didn't do much yet, but I didn't try too hard, just threw some seeds on there. I may increase the amount of dirt in a couple of areas. It seems like other people have about as much dirt as I do though from some of the pictures .. I think I heard Sepp Holzer said people often use too much wood, any thoughts ?
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Bubba Zinetti on November 20, 2012, 02:21:53 PM
If you look at Masanobu Fukuoka's work ('One Straw Revolution', etc.), he states that burying logs only removes Nitrogen from the soil, and that they take years to break down, during which time anything grown on the land will be less fruitful.  Better to chip the wood and spread it over the area in order to help conserve water and feed the soil slowly.  Go to any thriving forest.  Are there buried logs?  What there is is a litter of leaves and other organic material on top of the ground that encourages and maintains healthy soil development.  Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: lhunt on November 20, 2012, 03:18:58 PM
If you look at Masanobu Fukuoka's work ('One Straw Revolution', etc.), he states that burying logs only removes Nitrogen from the soil, and that they take years to break down, during which time anything grown on the land will be less fruitful.  Better to chip the wood and spread it over the area in order to help conserve water and feed the soil slowly.  Go to any thriving forest.  Are there buried logs?  What there is is a litter of leaves and other organic material on top of the ground that encourages and maintains healthy soil development.  Hope that helps.

yeah. argue that with sepp or paul. good luck.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: OkieBoy on January 02, 2013, 10:01:56 AM
Very cool thread, y'all. I've been using extra soil from my basement ("My Tiny House" thread goes into detail) and have built a Sepp Holzer-inspired hugelkulture bed too.

Instead of digging I decided to build up. I eventually added logs past the location of the truck.

(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_0964_zpsf2eb8dd4.jpg)

With some soil added.

(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_0991_zps7a111415.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_0992_zps5920167d.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_1057_zpscb678ee9.jpg)

More logs....

(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_1061_zps62c9a961.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_1062_zps7b6c47e0.jpg)

I later added composted horse manure, more soil, more debris and then threw some deer attractant mix on top to stabilize and add nitrogen via leguminous vegetation.

(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_1089_zps2154773a.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y421/JLuker112/Home/Hugelkultur/IMG_1127_zpsa8bff88b.jpg)

Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on January 10, 2013, 06:58:06 AM
Nice work, Okie!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: CopperKnight on January 10, 2013, 08:40:31 AM
A question for y'all that have created these beds out of lawns.  Do you have a problem with the grass creeping into the beds?  My garden is cut from a corner of the lawn and I am constantly fighting the grass on the edges.  I put down cardboard and pile on the dead leaves every fall, but by summer that stuff is rotted out (as it should be) and the grass comes back in force.  I'm open to suggestions.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Roundabouts on March 12, 2013, 08:37:22 AM
 :popcorn:  Love all the ideas. 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: lhunt on April 12, 2013, 07:13:35 PM

Here's an update on my first raised bed and now another one i'm building that is bigger and has much more of a reservoir to hold water.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDBB9ATGIzM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDBB9ATGIzM)
Title: Keyhole Garden
Post by: urban_dweller on April 27, 2013, 09:38:56 PM
This a keyhole garden I built.  I apologize for the links but I can't figure out how to insert an image.

http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Listen-to-the-Garden-4-27-2013-6-53-12-PM.jpg (http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Listen-to-the-Garden-4-27-2013-6-53-12-PM.jpg)
http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Keyhole-Garden-4-24-2013-5-37-32-PM.jpg (http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Keyhole-Garden-4-24-2013-5-37-32-PM.jpg)




Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Coctailer on May 01, 2013, 07:38:44 PM
This thread is giving me great ideas!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: urban_dweller on May 04, 2013, 04:27:14 PM
Here are more pictures on my garden experiment at http://libertygarden.us/.

Trunks for hugelbed
http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/0517122014a.jpg

Hugelbed
http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/0526121918.jpg


http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IMG_0966.jpg

Hugelbeds covered in dirt:

http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/IMG_1120.jpg

Hugelbeds after 1 year:

http://libertygarden.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Keyhole-Garden-4-24-2013-5-45-59-PM.jpg



Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: jeepster on May 10, 2013, 04:38:04 PM
Here is a link to the video I made of my "woody beds". These beds are a bit of an experiment to see how one does compared to the other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0NKxwLCAUY

This second video has a few more pics added to the end

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJF2aYSuZ1M

And this last video is 2 weeks ago with a lot of the plants in and about 2 months of the beds being in place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2-rDp4Z--Y
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Falling_blue on June 05, 2013, 07:51:04 PM
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/pasture/C360_2013-06-05-19-26-53-656_zps0e019863.jpg) (http://s1210.photobucket.com/user/Falling_blue/media/pasture/C360_2013-06-05-19-26-53-656_zps0e019863.jpg.html)
(http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc414/Falling_blue/pasture/C360_2013-06-05-19-26-42-339_zpsbcb4d43e-1.jpg) (http://s1210.photobucket.com/user/Falling_blue/media/pasture/C360_2013-06-05-19-26-42-339_zpsbcb4d43e-1.jpg.html)

Update to my bed.  Since the fall, it's been completed with horse manure with dimensions of 50' x 5' x 3.5'.  Mulched with straw, planted with starts and seeds, and fertilized when needed.

List of plants: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cucumber, eggplant, dill, chamomile, onions, tomatos, peppers, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe. 

Its a pretty big experiment this year to see what grows well and will tailor next year to that list.  The rest will go in my other beds.  So far, everything is growing good.  Cucumbers and pumpkins are going crazy. 
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Eudaemonia on June 15, 2013, 05:58:47 PM
Nice posts everyone.

I'm going to be attempting a smaller hugel bed down in the bottom of the garden. There are a couple old 3 foot by 5 foot beds laying side by side which I'll connect. I'll then be looking at about a 7 foot by 5 foot bed with the short side running down an incline. Got some rotting wood that I'll chop up and throw down. I'm going to do it above ground and just cover it with soil (from mulched grass and other waste). I'll then throw in some compost and slash some of the comfrey from one of the many plants we have in order to provide cover and nitrogen, instead of sowing a cover crop seed.

I'll put up some pics once it's finished. Any ideas of what to plant in a smaller above-ground hugel bed? Anything that grows well in the coastal pacific northwest would probably be ideal.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: DheereCrossing on June 21, 2013, 07:11:45 PM
A question for y'all that have created these beds out of lawns.  Do you have a problem with the grass creeping into the beds?  My garden is cut from a corner of the lawn and I am constantly fighting the grass on the edges.  I put down cardboard and pile on the dead leaves every fall, but by summer that stuff is rotted out (as it should be) and the grass comes back in force.  I'm open to suggestions.

I'm right there with you CopperKnight.  I've dug out and planted flower beds and such over the last couple years with layers of weed cloth and such and the grass crawls right back in.  It's really tough with this North Texas Bermuda grass.

When I asked Jack about it at the workshop recently, his response was that the cover crops choked out and shaded the weeds but the Bermuda grass rhizomes really needed attention and to stay on top of it manually at least until the ecosystem got rolling.

I wound up using Roundup and vinegar for about a foot around my raised beds and that at least let me get ahead of it until I could get cardboard and straw down.  I still get grass finding a way to get through but it's very small amounts  compared to what it used to be.  The thicker the mulch, the stronger the grass has to be to get through it and it gets easier to see it and yank it out.  Eventually it will get to a point where it will rot in the ground because the rest of the plants are using all the nutrients and sunlight.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: CopperKnight on July 08, 2013, 08:57:09 AM
I'm right there with you CopperKnight.  I've dug out and planted flower beds and such over the last couple years with layers of weed cloth and such and the grass crawls right back in.  It's really tough with this North Texas Bermuda grass.

When I asked Jack about it at the workshop recently, his response was that the cover crops choked out and shaded the weeds but the Bermuda grass rhizomes really needed attention and to stay on top of it manually at least until the ecosystem got rolling.
Considering how terrible my lawn looks, I'm not sure how the grass can have such a thick mat of roots.  In the thickest parts I have resorted to pulling the mat out.  My neighbor gave me some 4" plastic edging he pulled out of his yard.  This actually seems to be working pretty well.  It was a pain to get in, but if it holds it will be well worth it.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: dittyfish on October 05, 2013, 11:55:25 AM
Here is the pics of our new "woody beds" on contour!!!  It was so exciting to see this project finally come to fruition!  We took a backyard from Georgia Red Clay to these beds which I hope produce an abundance for our family.  Thanks to Jack and the TSP community for the motivation and knowledge.



(http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y507/dittyfish/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4405_zps7cdfc26f.jpg) (http://s1278.photobucket.com/user/dittyfish/media/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4405_zps7cdfc26f.jpg.html)

(http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y507/dittyfish/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4733_zps07375d20.jpg) (http://s1278.photobucket.com/user/dittyfish/media/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4733_zps07375d20.jpg.html)

(http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y507/dittyfish/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4765_zpsb37aa5ab.jpg) (http://s1278.photobucket.com/user/dittyfish/media/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4765_zpsb37aa5ab.jpg.html)

Not on contour/or buried.  An attempt to control/harness some water coming off the driveway:
(http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y507/dittyfish/Hugel%20Beds/58004b8f-374d-4629-8131-4e16ba448a6a_zps68adc0d1.jpg)

(http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y507/dittyfish/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4769_zps8788f48f.jpg) (http://s1278.photobucket.com/user/dittyfish/media/Hugel%20Beds/IMG_4769_zps8788f48f.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Marinesg1012 on December 15, 2013, 02:52:19 AM
I put some pictures into my homesteading thread, I marked out the contour for the garden area and put the bottom bed into a hugle, I dug it roughly 2ft deep 4ft wide and 50 or so feet long, filled it with the wood I had laying around from trimming along the edges of my fields. I planned on doing all of the beds that way but after spending all day digging the one I didn't feel like doing the rest. I may expand do a second one this year.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: jeepster on January 05, 2014, 09:41:51 AM
This is an update of my Woody Beds and a look at my 2013 garden. I put it on FB because youtube was not working for me today. so here is  a link to my facebook page.

 https://www.facebook.com/jeepster84
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: jeepster on January 10, 2014, 04:52:47 AM
Dang I hate google plus and face book.
 oh well here is the link to the video and hopefully it will stay up now    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUcrbM2hxAc
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: undaunted6 on April 11, 2014, 09:11:52 PM
jeepster,

Cool video! Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Perfesser on May 15, 2014, 04:57:28 PM
Last fall I took down our rotten old "water tower" at the cottage. From a single stump over 4' across came three logs, each over 2 ft in diameter that 30 or so years ago had been cut off at about 15' tall and a platform built to hold a water tank . I think they were basswood and are so well rotted already that I was worried about the weight of the water tank bringing the whole thing down in to the cabin.

I dragged them down near the ponds my father built. Not an easy task alone but I made it. It's very hard digging in this glacial till - so many potatoes(small round rocks) and roots- so I didn't get too deep before running out of steam.
I got the left side of the bed covered with soil and enough trees cut out to get some sun in and still working on that but I'm far enough to at least get the soil warming up and get some seeds in.
I'm hauling soil in to finish covering the right half of the bed. The 2 logs there are to hold the soil back, leaving enough room for ATV passage.

I want to take all those cedars out (leaving some tall stumps in select locations) and use them to make a couple of terraces higher up on the slope and slow the water down, plus I can direct all the roof runoff into a 250 gal tote tank near the high side of all the future beds.
I'll get some trees higher up, some shrubs in the middle elevations. Just behind the bed is a low spot that naturally collects leaves and debris - ready made compost pile..
(http://i828.photobucket.com/albums/zz206/Indyyeti/garden/farmgarden_zps80865687.jpg)


Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: SuburbanGardener on August 16, 2014, 07:33:41 PM
Converting the back yard to a food forest using hugels.  Here is a before (right) and after (left) shot of the area.  About ready to put down some buckwheat to stave off the weeds until the fall planting.  Trees on order.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/recent?pid=6048339722369597698&oid=108771454066608608861&authkey=CITYq_29n9imVw
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: caduckgunner on August 19, 2014, 04:00:47 PM
Here are my Raised-Not-So-Hugelkultur-Beds. I apologize to anyone who has been following the progress in my garden thread because I have previously posted the pictures there.

Below is a picture taken at completion of the first dig. It basically gave me 6 semi-level spots to place the raised beds in my back yard. The land slopes top to bottom from between 17º to 30º and from left to right at about 10º.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7100083329_7f812ab9a6_n.jpg)

Here are the 4' x 8' boxes that I preassembled.
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5324/7100083171_e338cd83e9_n.jpg)

Here is one of the stacks that I drew wood from. It's from an ornamental pear tree in our yard that had begun to suffer from center rot. It sat there drying for a couple of months. More wood came from the wood pile in our courtyard and was consisted mainly of maple.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/6954014474_14a6372695_n.jpg)

Here are the beds after the second dig and after being filled with wood, sod, leaves from last fall and fill dirt. The second dig went about 2' down and left a shelf for the raised bed boxes to sit upon.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7179245364_fc3a70b059_n.jpg)

This is a shot standing above the lower center bed. It's kind of hard to get an idea of what is going on due to the odd perspective.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7093/7179245778_8d71f0a82b_n.jpg)

The beds after the frames have been set in, leveled and dirt was placed over the wood in the holes.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7084/7223940982_0a6c96326a_n.jpg)

The beds after being filled with compost and a cover of shredded mulch.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7105/7286218040_ab3414075b_n.jpg)

The mound of dirt you see at the top of the hill will be reduced in height and spread further along the boundary between the neighbor's yard and my own so that it can divert runoff from his garden which is upslope from mine.

I was just planning on doing my rear slope like this. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Only difference is my slope is 2-3 times steeper, hopefully I can make it work by making deeper planter boxes.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: Nicodemus on August 22, 2014, 08:31:04 PM
That's a rough incline to deal with. Keep us informed on how it goes.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: SuburbanGardener on August 23, 2014, 10:06:15 AM
Whoo-hoo!  Finally find a photo hosting service that would work with the podcast forum!

Here's the latest from my hugelkultur food forest project:

(http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah177/Mike_Eckardt/Food%20Forest/Hugel_20140816_zps223c5d94.jpg)

As you can see, I've got the lower hugel sheetmulched, and I'm working on finishing the upper one this weekend.  I'm planting buckwheat as a cover crop while I wait for the straw and cardboard to decompose a little, and then I'll be putting in my fall planting, definitely to include a variety of greens and so on.  I've got trees on order from Starks, but they won't ship until November.
Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: gicts on February 20, 2015, 05:01:16 AM
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Title: Re: Hugelkultur Bed Picture Thread
Post by: gicts on May 29, 2015, 10:58:20 AM
Here it is with vegetation. There are 3  there, but the stump covers up one pretty well.

I need to expand the spillway.

(http://www.ryankuhl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IMG_20150529_120520.jpg)
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