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About this Event
We will build and plant a hugelkultur as well as examine recently built ones. The workshop will include touring 3 properties with a dozen hugelkulturs built over the last 4 years. From gigantic scale built with excavators to small backyard scale built by hand. This class is ourdoors, be prepared for the weather.
Date And Time
*No one turned away for lack of funds. Sliding Scale Option for those who need it.
*We will send secret meeting address to registrants before the event. The listed address, 10644 Rhody Drive is our Friends of the Trees office. We will meet at a private property in Irondale.
- work gloves
- picnic lunch
- water bottle / thermos
Kids are welcome
What the heck is a Hugelkultur?
Pronounced HOO-ul-culture and meaning hill or mound culture. They have been practiced in German and Eastern European farming for thousands of years and have been adapted for modern-day permaculture gardening.
The main aspect is to pile up rotting forest vegetation including logs into mounds which are then topped off with soil and planted. It is, in effect, a long-term raised-bed. It becomes a high-fertility, well-drained, yet moist, sponge of biological activity. It is particularly appropriate for situations with poor soil, shallow soil (can even be built on pavement), heavy clay soils, waterlogged soils, sand, and areas with high rainfall and fast leaching of nutrients. They can also be used in dry areas. They sequester carbon and can crank out veggies and food for years to come.
Michael Pilarski shares some tips on cottonwood buds. Filmed Feb 22 2021