South Texas Gardener: Using Hugelkultur to keep garden green

KEEPING YOUR GARDEN GREEN WITH HUGELKULTUR OR MOUND CULTURE.

Even though our water shed is full, preparing a garden space for the possibility that water will be in short supply will better your chances for success in the garden.
This Form of gardening is called Hugelkultur. It is a method used in sustainable agriculture. 

Hugelkultur is one such method that can do a number of things for us year around in the garden. South Texas Gardener Gabriel Vega says he has seen a lot of material left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that could be used for your garden. 

Not only can the brush be used for premium quality mulch but can also be composted for organic soil production.

Hugelkultur is a method that used wood in varying sizes to be shaped into a mound. Larger peaces and other green organic materials at the bottom and smaller finished composted material up top.

Mounds work best in hights and widths in 3 to 4ft. Digging 1ft in the ground, place larger pieces of wood close together. As these decompose they will eventually become sponge like and hold water and nutrients during the decomposition process,which can take up to 20 years to finish decomposing. Offering a garden that can take a lot of neglect. 

During the life of the mound the decomposition can also provide heat to root zones that can be harnessed to keep plants from freezing during a light spell.

This technique also utilizes vertical gardening to maximize the amount of plants one can fit in a area.

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