Hugelkultur what is that? Simplistically, it’s a mounded, raised garden bed made from a variety of organic materials. The mound decomposes providing a long-term supply of nutrients. It also stores water and requires less watering. I had a tired old vegetable garden that needed a rehab so I decided to make my first mini hugelkultur. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
- Dug a trench - mine was about 4 feet wide by 8 feet long by 18 inches deep. I wanted to make it deeper but I ran out of digging steam (aka the rocks won).
- Add cardboard (no tape or stickers)
- Added woody debris mostly branches from my pruning efforts over the last year
- Added layers as I cleaned up the garden - included fennel, parsley, sunflowers (no weeds or weed seeds)