Hugel bed feedback

After collecting in the onions which had been growing on the first hugel bed I’d built (last July), I planted out more kale plants. 


To be honest, I was shocked at how compacted the soil was on top of the hugel bed. All the manure, bokashi mix and other easily compostable materials had totally disappeared, which I hope means there has been an increase in fertility in that area. However, I’m not sure how friable all that has made the soil.

At least, the newly-planted kale have covering: a recently acquired fleece mini poly-tunnel. This supposedly lets water (and sunshine) through, so I’ll have to see if it lives up to these claims next time I get the watering can out. The ground did get a good soak today, though, partly so that I could actually dig it and then to water the seedlings in.

On another hugel bed, the flowering carrot seems to be moving to the seed-making stage. The first flower head which has set seed has therefore been taken off and will go in the airing cupboard to dry off, ready for next spring.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to Hugel bed feedback

  1. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day Helen

  2. Crops & Crafts says:

    You are doing very well, keep it up 💜

  3. Arent you good saying your seed! 😃 just keep on adding organic matter to that soil. And don’t forget, mulching will also grow your soil as well. Have you done a pH test on it?

    • Helen says:

      I have a kit for pH – you’re supposed to dig so far down but my soil isn’t that deep😕. Going on the fact I can actually get blueberries to crop as well as broccoli, I reckon the soil is fairly neutral. (Except where I put too much wood ash directly onto the soil – oops!)

      This year, the self-seeded chard has done so well, perhaps in part because it has naturalised for my garden. Hopefully, the carrot will be the same and I’ll have a better germination rate.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    It is lovely to get your updates Helen, bit by bit you are achieving amazing results. Kind regards, Agnes

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