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I've been inspired by an old Eastern European planting strategy known as hugelculture.  It's a strategy that's been used in permaculture practices, and involves creating raised beds on woody debris.  You either dig a trench or not, then lay down lots of logs and brush, rotten or fresh, then do sheet composting on top.  Final height works out to anywhere from 2-7', and settles over time.  Anyone gardening like this in Maine?   I'd like to hear how it's working for you.  I'm looking at rotten wood in a whole new way!

 

Jesse

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Hi Jesse, thanks for posting this.  Yes, a bunch of us are playing with hugelkultur (sp?) in different ways.  We have 2 big hugel beds at our place that we just started this year.  I noticed that Jack Kertesz and gang have installed some demonstration hugelkultur beds at the Common Ground Fair site.  The folks at Newforest Institute are working with this also.  Probably the most experienced around here is Jim Kovaleski who is a market gardener/small farmer in Washington County in the summer and in Florida in the winter.  He has already gone south for the season but be sure to connect with him.  He has had amazing results downeast with hugel beds.    Here's a session we did with him back in May with some photos.  There are so many variables and ways to work with this method; easy to be creative.  http://www.meetup.com/portlandpermaculture/events/16327908/

What is Jim cropping on his hugels?  Looking at the workshop photos I'm seeing that the brush wasn't buried and then the layers that went on in sequence looked like compost, leaves, lawnclippings, loam.  Is that interpretation correct?  Any other details you'd care to share would be appreciated. I'm trying to establish some new garden plots in our field which is pretty played out from its 100+ yrs of use.  

Jesse

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