By lynda on Tue, 22/01/2019 - 12:34


hill culture or hill mound


Hugel bed construction ~

~ This mound is created from organic matter grading from large logs in the trench at the bottom, diminishing in size to twigs and brash, building in layers to a thatched or soil top covering.

~ In between the layers you can add petroleum-free newspaper, cardboard, straw, hay, leaf mould, grass clippings, and high nutrients like wormery tea, compost or manure; what ever appropriate organic matter you have available.

~ The finished mound is a no-dig bed ready for planting.


Benefits ~

~ The wood decays at a slow enough rate to offer a constant, long-term store of nutrients that will be released for whatever plants are growing in the mound. Some large hugel-beds have been known to be ‘active’ for 20 years or more.

~ The growing season could be extended due to the heat generated by the composting wood.

~ The break down and settling of the wood helps to increase soil aeration so there will be no need to till.

~ Rotting wood becomes sponge like, drawing in rainwater and storing it for releasing when needed, giving the benefit of not having to water again after the first year except during a long term drought.

~ Carbon is drawn into the soil.


Further details can be obtained from, amongst many source, “The Many Benefits of Hugelkulture” ~ www.permaculture ~ 17th October 2013


Submitted by Clare Fisher on Wed, 18/03/2020 - 17:01


Love the flow of pictures: James you are amazing all the talents you display. Will look forward to seeing the veg you grow on this.