Logs, sticks and woody debris piled up and covered with soil to make a garden bed that barely requires watering and is constantly breaking down and building soil.

Hugelkultur, also known as “hill culture” or “mound culture,” is a sustainable gardening technique that involves building raised beds using woody debris such as logs, branches, and twigs. This method of gardening has a number of benefits, including increased water retention, improved soil structure, and the ability to use materials that would otherwise be discarded.

One of the main benefits of hugelkultur is its ability to improve soil structure and fertility. As the woody debris decomposes, it releases nutrients and creates a network of air pockets that improve drainage and water retention. This can be particularly beneficial in areas with poor soil or dry climates.

Another advantage of hugelkultur is that it allows us to use logs and woody debris that would otherwise be useless to us. Rather than discarding these materials, we can repurpose them to create raised beds that will support healthy plant growth. This not only helps to reduce waste, but also provides an opportunity to recycle these materials and give them a new purpose.

To create a hugelkultur bed, you will need to gather a variety of woody debris and arrange it in a mound shape. The logs should be placed at the bottom, with branches and twigs on top. Once the bed is built, it can be covered with soil and plants can be added.

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