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Hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds

posted Jun 28, 2015, 11:07 AM by Roxie Rochat   [ updated Jun 28, 2015, 11:10 AM ]
Hugelkultur is a different kind of raised garden bed that was demonstrated at the Wells-Johnson garden on Saturday's garden tour.  It mainly consists of buried wood and can grow a typical garden without irrigation or fertilization.  According to an article on the, hugelkultur
  • Help retain moisture on site
  • Build soil fertility
  • Improve drainage
  • Use woody debris that is unsuitable for other use

Woody debris (and other detritus) that falls to the forest floor can readily become sponge like, soaking up rainfall and releasing it slowly into the surrounding soil, thus making this moisture available to nearby plants.