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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Well, with all new materials, it would cost me about $90 to build a new one. Using the materials I have on hand, I could build one for about $10.
A private nurseryman is retiring and I bought one of his old 4 by 8 foot heated Cold Frames for $100. I could build a new one for half that, but I've got so much to do, that I'll never get around to it.
It should be great for starting plants early, and even growing some inside.
Randall, I too walk in the mornings. This week it was turtles - and in my garden it is toads. Just love nature's little critters. I hope yours leave you some corn. :)
My monster of a cantaloupe was okay, not as sweet as I hoped but just as good as any I've bought at store recently. I'm simply sore amazed at the amount of vines and blossoms needed to produce cucumbers. Ditto with squash. The Currant Tomatoes are not as tasty as I anticipated. Eating my very first home grown produce is simply wonderful.
Chris, it's surprising how much your kitty looks like my Abby.
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