Last year I started a hugelkultur bed with decent success. Pumpkins, dill, beets and all sorts of veggies thrived on top of the pile made of old wood and sunflower stalks. This spring I built another using primarily sunflower stalks and other organic debris as its base. The beauty of permaculture is utilizing what’s here, so that’s what I did. Now there are pumpkins, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers and rhubarb growing on it. It should be gorgeous by the end of the summer, and I’m really looking forward to what it looks like next year.
I wrote a piece, The Garden that Waters, for “A Garden Life,” a great app for gardeners and homeowners. It’s a primer for those wishing to test out the hugelkultur waters. The neat part of writing it was I “met” another gardener in the Flathead who had great success with it last year, particularly since they had a terribly wet spring. While many of us wish to utilize the hugelkultur beds in order to retain water, hers did a good job of shedding it so her plants didn’t drown. Genius!