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Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by k.h. ky on July 7, 2015 at 9:38pm

I'm definitely going to remove the plastic. I don't know what I was thinking. Yes I remember, weeds! I'll still have to rebuild. Better now than later.

I have huge sweetpotato vines growing out of one of the compost heaps. They must like it really wet. I'm trying to leave it undisturbed. I'd like to find out if it produces.  I disturbed a volunteer potato plant and found gravel size new potatoes in the bed. The yellow ones that I like. Lol

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 3:26pm

Oh, yes Joan.  I've never seen Sweet Potato leaves before.  They are beautiful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 3:09pm

Spud, what a great buy! All the parts of the cold frame are there and you don't have to go after the different elements. Having a heating system gives you great advantage when planting seeds or dividing plants. Most tend to like warmth. 

I love sweet potatoes, both as a plant and as edible product. I especially like them roasted but the heat says "don't heat the oven today".

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 2:24pm

Kathy, good for you! What a great job you do in creating it! I agree with Barbara, layers of cardboard or piles of newspaper would be a good bottom layer. Black plastic will hold water, especially if you have wet weather. When the water level rises to the top of the plastic, the water will flow over and into the soil. You may have some problems with it holding too much water for the health of the plants. The good consequence could be the logs that are under water will act like a sponge and soak up water and store it. 

You can build the hugelkulture as high as you want ... even 6 or 8 feet tall. 

"Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound."

https://www.google.com/search?q=hugelculture&oq=hugelculture&am...

Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 7, 2015 at 2:12pm

Thanks Spud. I water them for first time this a.m. We had so much rain for so long I wasn't sure they would live and gave them time to really dry out. Planted May 7 - so another month or so should have taters!   Cold frame sounds pretty nifty. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 2:01pm

Barbara, Sweet Potatoes must like it hot and wet.  I planted one for the first time this year, and since I started watering it heavily, it has grown fast.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 1:54pm

Barbara, my Cold Frame has a thick piece of Styrofoam on the soil, then sand on top of that, and the sand has an electric heating cable in it.

It's well insulated, with Styrofoam inside the walls, and with a transparent corrugated top with another piece of plastic 1 inch below that.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 7, 2015 at 1:27pm

Kathy, the only thing I would suggest is several layers of cardboard instead of the black plastic. Better draininage for bed, IMHO. When I finished putting mine together it was almost 3 feet high, and it has settled quite a bit.  I planted cantaloupe on the top and I think they died from too much rain, ditto the squash. I created a mini-bed around the edges of the hugelkultur and planted sweet potatoes in it - then I edged entire thing with rocks. Sweet potatoes are alive. :)


Spud, heated?  Howso?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 6:00am

I don't know enough about it to help you Kathy, but you reminded me about a huge limb that blew off my neighbor's tree a few days ago.  If I can think of a place to put it on my small property, I'll go collect it.  It's like a medium sized tree.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 6, 2015 at 10:51pm
I put together my first hugelculture bed. I found eight good sized, well aged, logs. Stuffed them with decomposed leaves,from the woods, then covered them with 18 gallons of compost. Now I'm going to wait for it to settle, add more rotting tree trunks and then more compost. It's only about 10'lx3'w. The depth is about twenty" but I'm planning on adding at least another foot to the top.
Should l try to add rocks around the edges to keep the compost from washing out? That's going to be a lot of work and rocks! I put black plastic down before I started.
Does anyone have any suggestions?? Ideas?
I meant to start smaller but decided the trees would be more stable, and last longer, uncut.
 

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