Hügelkultur [pronounced here in America as "hoogle culture"] is a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds. [Wikipedia]
Although we have wood under the soil in our raised beds, this is our first *real* hugelkultur--and I'm pretty excited about it.
I scattered chia over it first thing to get roots started to help hold the soil in place. Then I transplanted thyme, self heal, and strawberries. A few days later I planted potatoes, cucumbers and watermelon (on either end so they'll have lots of room), and then I scattered purslane and carrot seeds as well.
I'm thankful for the rain this week--we should have pretty good growth starting!
More pics to come!
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