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#1 less-is-more OFFLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2014 - 09:39 PM

Hey,

 

Does anyone have any experience with this garden technique?



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Posted September 28, 2014 - 05:06 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum. I had to google that to see what you were talking about.


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 07:10 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum. I had to google that to see what you were talking about.

Well, would you share it with us?



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Posted September 28, 2014 - 07:35 AM

Never heard of it before. Sounds like an interesting garden project.

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 07:45 AM

welcome to GTT

 

The real name is Ym4wODQz.jpg Hügel translated to english means hill.

 

 

A form of this we do in Germany is called Hochbeet


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Posted September 28, 2014 - 11:08 PM

Armed with only hypothetical google knowledge I headed out to my good friend, Olde Deere #2's garden at the crack of noon today and attempted a modified approach to Hugelkultur. I started by digging a fairly narrow two foot deep trench. I scraped back the topsoil and then removed the subsoil. First layer was punky poplar from the pasture...2nd layer: the results of Olde Deere #2's hen house cleaning, spiced with a little cow manure for good measure, 3rd layer: green raspberry canes, and 4th layer: excess swiss chard( a little of that goes a long ways! planted ten times what was needed). Then add lotsa water...in fact we are watering overnight. Tomorrow we will pull the topsoil back over the row, that would be the royal use of "we" as I am heading back to Alberta bright early. Apply patience, wait ten months...we'll let you know how we did! Gotta love Saskatchewan!!
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Posted September 28, 2014 - 11:14 PM

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 11:16 PM

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 11:18 PM

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Posted September 28, 2014 - 11:20 PM

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Posted September 29, 2014 - 05:49 AM

Will be interesting to see the results.

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Posted September 29, 2014 - 06:15 AM

That was common in the northern Alabama area in the before WW II.


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Thanks for cluing us in! Good luck with it!


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Posted September 29, 2014 - 07:29 AM

That looks to be a very interesting idea. Thanks for sharing.
And thanks for joining. You have a very nice friend.
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Posted May 29, 2015 - 12:29 AM

Just a short update. I planted Less is More's Hugelkultur row a week ago. I raked the ridge down to a height of about 4" above level because it had not settled appreciably, and planted Pickle Bush and Cool Breeze cukes in it. I couldn't believe my eyes!! In four days the seeds had put up leaves! I have never had cukes germinate that fast before. There must be considerable heat coming up from the composting vegetation, wish I had thought to put a thermometer in it and compared the temp. with the rest of the garden. May do that anyway just to see. It was unusually hot that week as well, +30, and the soil was damp, perfect growing conditions, but the radishes in the next row, planted the same day took two days longer to come up.
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