Occasionally, I get really inspired (or crazy as Mr. Wonderful might call it) to just stop what I’m doing and start a new project. I’ve been reading a lot about hugelkultur lately and decided to attempt it. It really was a half assed attempt to tell you the truth. I just dug a hole, threw some wood that was from a tree we cleared from the lawn, piled smaller branches and uncompleted compost from the compost bin and finally, topped it off with some compost I bought from Home Depot that was on sale. Thinking about it, I don’t think it was compost, more like amending stuff for the soil. Anyways, we’ll see how it turns out.
The hole I dug was about 6 inches deep. Honey is inspecting my job. I think she approves. I forgot to take a picture of the firewood underneath the unfinished compost that you see.
This is with the amending soil on top of the unfinished compost. It looks exactly like a raised bed!
Mr. Wonderful suggested I put the extra wood we had around the bed to help Honey from walking on it. It seems to be working, but now instead of walking on it, she eats the dirt that she can reach from the sides. So far it seems to be working well. Only time will tell.
The idea behind Hugelkulture is pretty much like a huge compost pile. Over time, it will break down and provide a lot of nutrients for the plants on top. Mind you, mine is the lazy mans version, so I don’t know how effective it will be or if I even did it right. As far as I see it, it doesn’t hurt to put compost or unfinished compost underneath what you are planting. It just takes more time for it to decompose to provide the nutrients.