Author Topic: Hackberry Wood in a Hugelkultur Bed?  (Read 1635 times)

Offline dracphelan

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Hackberry Wood in a Hugelkultur Bed?
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:14:57 AM »
I had a large (over 16 inches in diameter) hackberry treet fall in my backyard. I'm thinking of using it to make a hugelkultur bed (or 2). Does anyone know if there are any problems with using hackberry trees in hugelkultur beds. The tree stretches about 50 feet from the stump.

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Re: Hackberry Wood in a Hugelkultur Bed?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 06:34:08 PM »
I don't see a problem with using it. Light weight, soft wood species.

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Re: Hackberry Wood in a Hugelkultur Bed?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 06:18:14 PM »
It should work fine. Although I've found they make good logs for Oyster Mushroom cultivation, and fungally inoculated wood tends to work better for a growing substrate in the garden. I'd buy a bag of plug spawn and make some mushroom logs, let them produce for you for a couple of years, then use the spongy remains of the logs to build your beds. At that point, they'll retain moisture better and have lots of small air pockets (not so much as to cause a soil cave-in as the rot, but enough to be good for root systems).