Hugel Gardens

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With available resources from your community I can design and build you a hugel garden that plugs into your landscape and adds productive long term food plants.

Hugel gardens in my backyard

Hugelkultur Cutaway Sepp Holzer

Sepp Holzer

Hugelkutur is building raised beds on top of a layered foundation of big old rotting logs, twigs, Branches, compost, wood chips, upside down turf, and dirt removed from the dug out area.


Call 703-402-1763 or Email tonyteolis at todolisthome dot com

The concept is that all of the wood builds a long term nutrient and moisture supply that could potentially keep beds maintained while staying true to David Holmgren’s 12 permaculture design principles. Additionally, this follows my principle that if you want to create production sometimes you have to destroy something else. The wood that makes up the bones of this garden production system also serves to create more space and thus oxygen to help keep the bed well aerated versus the compact mass dirt in a regular four foot by four foot raised bed.

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Putting this video together was fun and you can see in a brief span of time the effort and resources required to get started on a fine garden bed that will last for years and years.

More at Episode-224- Build A New Garden In Less Than 5 Minutes

Hugelkultur bed

Hugel Garden

My first Google of hugelkultur led me to Sepp Holzer of Austria and a couple of magazine articles nicely displayed on his website. The image from the magazine article shows Sep sitting on one of these beds at   The Krameterhof and it appears as a throne of flowers and greenery. Once I looked at the images of hugelkultur raised beds I immediately understood the benefits of placing them in the yard.

The pictures below display the different phases of the construction process for building a hugelkulture raised bed. I first had to remove the 2 – 16 square foot gardens that have been in place since the summer of 09 and I believe were my first square foot gardens. I then dug a few inches of the humus and clay layer out to create a slightly indented area. The area to start the bed was 11 feet by 5 feet.

The finished bed is 3 1/2 feet high, 10 feet long and 4 ½ feet wide. This is shorter than what Sep and others recommend but for me the 3 ½ foot height was optimum for my purposes. The most surprising benefit I received out building this hugekultur raised bed is that instead of having 2 – 16 square foot gardens this garden resembles a rectangular prism and has a total area of 70 square feet. That’s more than 4 – 16 square foot gardens. Hugelkultur! Hugelkultur! Hugelkultur!

Hugelkultur bed predecessor   hugelkultur logs   hugel twigs    Soil on hugel wood bed   cover bed with leaves     Hugel Garden 1

More at Episode-17- Make Hugel Bed For Sustainable Gardening

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