People keep asking me why I’m not doing hugelkultur at the garden lot.
In Tuesday’s video, I shared the answer:
Hugelkultur doesn’t work in every situation. Though it would be fun to try, there’s no way I’m working that hard. Even the hard work I am already doing will be undone when the lot reverts to its owners and a house is built. I’m not adding all the digging and stacking of hugel beds to that!
We need to obtain a yield first of all – and that’s what I plan to do. Yams, pumpkins, tomatoes, arrowroot – we’ll make it happen without massive amounts of digging and burying.
We’re new to renting and have obtained large half barrels to plant into in case we need to move. Is it best to size up gradually or plant straight in to the barrels where the food can grow? Maybe makeshift hugelbeds right in the barrels? Also they get kind of heavy. Wonder your thoughts on possibly bottom filling a bit or using perlite with soil to lighten and aerate things a bit?
Really enjoy your content. We’re learning so much. Thank you for all you share!
Thanks. Some people stick empty milk jugs in the bottoms to take up some of the space. I would plant directly in the barrels and probably stuff the bottoms with rotten wood and sticks from the woods, though.
Are you really crazy!?!? Hugelkultur requires zero digging for a very long time. Can understand your front lawn being not respected by future owners …. But the back garden? Can you seriously not be using all the organic material you have to build up above the ground level and guess what ….. over time, no work, you/an other have a place to grow all your future vegetables!