Building some new veg. herb and fruit garden beds using one of my favorite techniques.
It's a German word meaning hill culture. It's a longterm no-dig, mounded garden bed called Hugelkultur.
Initially its dug down and the soil is removed, I don't have a lot of big stumps, so instead I lined it with local cardboard. (Dyes in some Imported boxes are toxic)... and note that if you use old pallets that you make sire they are HT (heat treated pallets) vs. CT (chemically treated). The marking is usually stamped or burned to the pallet.
This retains water in the soil and allows a border for Mycelium (mushrooms) to grow along.
I then added some larger decomposing logs, and rotting wood are placed at the bottom of the trench, for longterm carbon, silicone and Nitogen sources.
This is then covered with smaller wood debris that will break down quickly and facilitate structure for the mound and air pockets within the mound. At this point I also just added some mixed wood ash from my bonfire the other night from clearing debris out of the "bluebell wood" behind our place. We'll use this for some longterm carbon source/storage.
Next... we'll add some leafy matter, that I raked off my parents property, then I'm gonna find some local straw, some straw, some local manure, and then add back some soil. Then we'll add Some more straw, some moss for water retention, and then some topsoil.
A hugelkutur (Hoo-ghel-cuul-ture) bed is similar to a lasagna bed except for the wood, and the mounding.
Permaculture is about building soil, and producing environments that allow longterm use of soil.
I'm stoked.#permaculturedesign #garden #hugelkultur #ecology #forestfloor #newgarden #pnw #vancouverisland #april #gardenprep #keyholebed #planting