Hugelkultur raised beds
Volunteers have now completed 4 Hugelkultur raised beds, made using collected and donated wood, logs, branches, cardboard, newspaper, vegetable peelings, hay and topped with sods soil side up, which had been saved from digging out the drainage trenches.
Hugelkulture beds are often used in Permaculture designs. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients and acts like a sponge so when it rains, this water is stored in the wood and then released during drier times. If done properly, after the first year you shouldn’t need to water again except in prolonged drier periods.
So next time you have a pile of branches, leaves, grass clippings, cardboard etc why not use them to create your own Hugelkulture bed and have some fun putting them together!