Friday, April 18, 2014

Hugelkultur, Meet Your Keyhole

I can't wait until tomorrow!  I have a plan!  I'm too excited to go to sleep!

I've done lots of research on hugelkultur and more recently on keyhole gardens.  I also just read about worm tubes, which is pretty darn smart.

I have all this brush, as I posted about previously, but more importantly, I have a stack of wood that's been rotting away for a year or two.

I had decided that I need to build a hump for the sweet potatoes.  That got me to worrying about what to use to build said hump.  I have several bags of top soil, black kow and peat, but not enough for the hump I'd like to build.  Then it finally dawned on me, duh, hugelkultur!  With a keyhole type twist!  I could use the piled up rotting logs as the base, throw a bunch of chopped up branches on top of that, empty the compost tumbler on top of that, find the barrel that has the hay in it (it's out back somewhere, I'm pretty sure), placing a "basket" made of chicken wire in the middle of it all for kitchen scraps, making sure there's a keyhole to get to the basket, and then top it all off with my soil mix.  Voila! There will be a mix of full sun and part shade where this hump will be built.  Plenty of room for the sweet potatoes and other edibles too.  

Hey!  I have a headlamp.  I could go out right now!  Or not.  I've been up since 4:00 yesterday morning so I guess I'll have to chill out and try to get some sleep.

I love it when a plan comes together.  

Happy yardening!


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has considered gardening at night. The headlamp is a great idea!

  2. I might have to resort to this if I want to continue my shenanigans in the back yard! It's just too hot to do much once it hits 85+. And we are "there" now unfortunately. Ugh. I feel like the wicked witch - "I'm melting, I'm melting" - whenever I attempt to do anything in the heat!