Hugelkultur Permaculture Beds at Great Escape Farms
Ever since I first heard about permaculture I wanted Hugelkultur Permaculture Beds at Great Escape Farms. Below are pictures of my first Hugelkultur Bed. It is basically a trench dug down about 2 foot which then has wood put into it mounding up. It is suppose to be several feet high (about 6-7 foot high) with grades going up to the peak at about 70 degrees. Mine are only about 3 foot high as I’m in a residential community and a 7 foot berm would look a little out of place. I will cover more on what a Hugelkultur is and how to build one in a future post. The hugelkultur bed will should have plants on the sides and the top. In my permaculture garden in Maryland I’m working on an edible forest garden. I discuss later what is planted in that edible food forest. In my permaculture garden in West Virgina, I am planting all kinds of unusual things to grow in your garden. I will write a future article about that edible food forest and will cover the easiest edible plants to grow.
The first three pictures below are of the installation of the Hugelkultur Bed in April of 2014.
The third picture shows a trench, which was not part of the Hugelkultur bed. I was running a 3/4″ water line out to my garden area and it just so happened to run right next to my Hugel bed.
The picture below was taken in mid-Septbmber 2015. It is difficult to even see the mound through the plants. I have the following plants in this bed: Brown Turkey Fig, Goji, 4 types of Honeyberry, 2 types of high bush Blueberry, 1 low bush Blueberry, 2 Nanking Cherry, Lavender, Lambs Ear, Black Currant, Pomegranate, Rhubarb, and some volunteer cherry tomato plants. You’ll also notice my two photogenic Rat Terrier dogs, Molly and Murphy, had to be in the photo as well.
The Spring of 2015 was wet in the mid-Atlantic area but from mid-June through September it was extremely dry. The plants in the Hugelkultur bed did very well. I can only surmise that this was because of the wood under the soil and the deep mulch around the plants above the soil.