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Hügelkultur is a German word meaning mound culture or hill culture.

We are definitely going to try this! After 3 years 5x better! This can also extend the growing season by 60 days! Impressive!

How to Build a Hugelkultur Bed

A short video!

Hugelkultur - The ultimately raised garden beds, gardening without irrigation

Hugelkultur has raised garden beds that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation and fertilizer. This video shows the why and how of this raised garden bed. Hugelkultur can be built by hand or with machinery, urban lots, or large acreage farms; The focal point of this video is a project in Dayton, Montana, where Sepp Holzer installed nearly a kilometer of hugelkultur beds in early May of 2012. Then the video shows the results in mid-September and explains how the beds have not been irrigated and go into some detail about the qualities of the food from the different aspects of the hugelkultur. The north side tends to be sweeter, and the south side tends to have more bite (lettuces tend to be more bitter, and mustards tend to be hotter). The recipe is wood and brush covered with soil; immediately plant seeds; a bit of mulch helps. Because the sides of the raised garden beds are usually steep, adding mulch is done by pinning the mulch to the sides with branches shaped like pegs (referred to as nails in the video); these branches help hold the mulch. Once the hugelkultur beds are about three years old, the plant growth will be about five times greater. This video show is just the first year, and the wood has yet to rot much. Hugelkultur also extends the growing season. Areas that have 90 frost-free days can now have 150 frost-free days! Notice how ALL of these feature polyculture. Polyculture is one of many ingredients that help reduce the need for irrigation.