Our First Hügelkultur

Ta da! With the work involved in actually getting a large hügelkultur bed like this together, I am kind of surprised how happy I am with it. Not that putting a hügelkultur together is difficult. It isn’t. But it does require a lot of digging (when you want to use as little “outside” dirt as possible) and scavenging for wood.

We still have enough logs and old stumps to make several more large hügelkultur beds, luckily, so we plan to put more in the garden area this year. Perhaps it is just that when building the first of anything, it seems so much harder and seems to take so much longer. It didn’t discourage us though. The end result actually inspired us to make more.

I am working on a step-by-step tutorial while we build our second hügelkultur and we can chart its progress and the plant growth. With this first hügelkultur, I was so busy trying to keep Trevor from forging too far ahead that I didn’t get a chance to take all the detailed photos I wanted to. He has a tendency to want to finish things up quickly and when I get distracted by visitors or small humans (read: Cami), he hurries to finish things up as he thinks it should look instead of asking which step is next.

I’m a Virgo and he is an Aries… for some people that explains it all.

Our plan for the garden is to create brick path from the driveway leading into a circle in the cleared center with a relaxing bench. Then we will have six flower petal-shaped hügelkultur beds coming off of the circle. The rest of the 1/3 acre area will be made up of other beds in fluid shapes and lines. It will take a few years to complete this project, of course, but with the completion of this first planting bed, we are very excited to continue on.

We may even finish the flower-shaped beds by the time Google Earth updates. 😉

The hole Trevor dug out to start our hügelkultur was approximately 20′ long, 4′ at its widest point, and 1′ deep.

Hügelkultur bed with about half of the wood piled up inside. We used wood found from around the property and checked that it was not pressure treated. This photo was taken from inside the circle… Can you see the flower petal shape?

The bed filled in a foot deep with dirt and then topped with a hearty layer of used straw goat bedding.

A whole bunch of seedlings ready to be planted! Several varieties of: cabbage, onions, beans, kale, cucumber, yarrow, fennel, and lettuce.




2 thoughts on “Our First Hügelkultur

  1. That’s great! I like how you started the seedlings in the egg cartons. When you put the seedlings in the ground, do you cut each individual cavity of the carton and plant it with it, or take them out?

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