Happy Monday to everyone! I’m really excited about today’s post. It deals with hugelkultur, which is a way to garden without watering. Let me start this conversation by giving you two links that can provide a more thorough explanation regarding this way of gardening. The first is from Paul Wheaton (he’s hilarious by the way) at www.richsoil.com. You can find the direct link to his hugelkultur article here. The second link is from Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast. Here is a link to a podcast that he did about hugelkultur. Without these two men, I would have never learned about this way to garden without the need for additional water.
The brief story of hugelkultur goes like this: you can either dig down and put logs in the ground or stack logs on top of the ground. Either way, you add soil and compost to the top and then plant…that’s it! The rotting logs hold moisture and keep it available for when the plants need it. Have you ever walked through the woods, even in a drought, and noticed a rotting log? It’s full of moisture and that’s the key to the success of hugelkultur. Sometimes the most difficult problems can be solved by the simplest methods and this is one of those times.
This weekend, my family partnered with the Taylor family to build two hugelkultur beds for our joint vegetable garden. This will be our third year gardening together and the Taylors are always willing to try new ways of gardening. Last year we built six 4’x4′ square foot gardens and they were a wonderful success. I just know that the hugelkultur beds will be a blessing this year! Let’s dive in to the pictures!
I forgot to mention that the total depth of the beds is 3.5′. If I were a plant, I’d like to live there! I am very excited about the veggie garden for this summer. I want to thank Sean and Anna Taylor and my wonderful husband Ed for all of their hard work. Sean obtained all of the wood that we used for the beds from old horse fencing, him and Ed built the wooden bed frames and Anna watched the kids when it started raining. I also need to thank Tyler Shumate for helping us obtain the composted horse manure…if there was one earthworm in the compost there were a million! If we have a summer like last year where it seemed to rain every other day, we won’t be able to tell how effective the beds are. But something tells me that this summer will be a typical Mid-Atlantic gardening summer where drought prevails. If it does, I am hopeful that these two beds will be able to survive the season with no additional water. I’ll keep you posted! Let me know your thoughts by leaving me a comment below or e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy gardening!