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Making A In-ground Hugelkultur Garden Pit

Discussion in 'Member Hobbies' started by Nautical Gator, Jun 20, 2020.


  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Making a in-ground Hugelkultur garden pit

    Decided to do a in-ground Hugelkultur pit style test, which will start-out with below ground concrete block border, then cut logs, wood chips, compost etc...

    the concrete block border will serve a few purposes, it will keep the beds aligned and allow for garden tunnel poles to in installed so you can put either sun shade of bug mesh over it.

    Starting the Hugelkultur pits in my new garden section

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    been saving Oak logs for the inside Hugelkultur pits

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    along with wood chip piles.

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    should be ready by spring planting.
     
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  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    also going to make some Banana tree Hugelkultur pits under each Banana tree...

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  3. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Chop and Drop plants

    going to Grow a lot of Mexican sunflower plants for Chop and Drop mulching for Biomass Plant Fertilizer..

    Mexican sunflower (Bolivian Sunflower) produces Nitrogen

    Mexican sunflower, T. rotundifolia, is a vigorous, drought tolerant warm season annual that is easy to grow in the ornamental garden with other common names of red sunflower of just tithonia. Tithonia plants grow 4-6+ feet tall with a large central stalk and a somewhat gangly branching habit.


    Fakahatchee Grass. Produces Carbon
    Fakahatchee grass brings a touch of native Florida into your landscape and adds texture to any yard. Sometimes called Eastern gamagrass, this plant forms a large clump that works well as an accent plant or planted as a border
     
  4. mrwetwork

    mrwetwork Pirate

    Well, I hadn’t heard of this til you mentioned it. That’s very cool.
     
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  5. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    I started my HugelKultur beds today, way to hot out to be doing this type of work...

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  6. duffy

    duffy Treasure Hunter

    That will be some nice compost down the road.
     
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  7. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    I Put a camera on my tractor and made some videos, thought I would post a few. This is the start braking ground and digging my new Hugelkultur Inground Pit Bed, moving some Dirt.



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  8. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    grading and leveling
     
  9. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    started adding some logs

     
  10. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    adding more logs
     
  11. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    adding more logs

     
  12. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    new Hugelkultur Inground Pit arranging logs and tour

     
  13. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Hugelkultur Inground Pit Bed, arranging logs

     
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  14. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Hugelkultur Inground Pit Bed, adding and arranging logs

     
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  15. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    finished installing the logs


    installed and finished the mulch layering



    and that's how I made my Hugelkultur Inground Pit Bed, still need to layer compost on top for the plants to grow in.

    Hügelkultur is a horticultural technique where a mound constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials is later (or immediately) planted as a raised bed. Adopted by permaculture advocates, it is suggested the technique helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds.
     
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