Okay, so I’ve taken to calling my in-ground hugelkultur experiments “melon pits.” That’s because I’m punching these 3′ deep holes into my front yard food forest in the hopes of growing melons in them this summer.
Of course, the holes don’t stay 3′ deep. After the tough work of digging, I fill them with a mix of wood, moss, leaves, waste paper, bones, organic debris I rake from the chicken yard, raw manure, straw, biochar, etc.
Here’s my process: the first thing I did was dig a pit, then throw in some chicken-yard debris or waste paper.
Then, I dumped in sticks, pieces of logs, or, in this case, busted-up pallet wood.
UPDATE: Melon pits work!
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