Backyard Hugulkultur Bed

After listening to Paul Wheaton who runs Permies.com and Richsoil.com on Jack Spriko’s The Survival Podcast talk about hugulkultur beds the first time , I was so intrigued! Unfortuantely, at the time there was only one video I could find on youtube that demonstrated what he was saying in his interview. I am more of a visual learner than an audio learner, so I wanted more visuals!

Fortunately, there has been a surge of information on hugulkultur beds since that first interview and I think other people just like me were excited to find a way to use old logs and branches to make raised beds that could eventually be irrigation free, wow, a way to grow things without watering them all the time in the summer! I would like to say that I am excited about this method because of the amazing water conservation, but I must confess that I am lazy and any non-work solution that can be found (even though the labor is in the frontend) is something that I jump at! I don’t think I’ll have MORE energy in 20 years when these beds are still delivering a nice crop with little-to-no watering.

Paul Wheaton has written up a pretty great explanation of hugulkultur beds. I like his graphics too, did I say I’m a visual learner?

Paul Wheaton learned about hugulkultur beds from the amazing Sepp Holzer out in Austria. Sepp and his wife are living on the Alps growing things that one would never think would grow up there, like Lemon trees. Sepp only speaks German which makes me want to learn German just so I could hear his talks; I am sure that every sentence of his is fraught with so much information that a translator who isn’t a permaculturist or a farmer would never be able to truly express all that is packed in those few words…not to diss any translators, but if an Austrian farmer talks anything like an American farmer… there is a lot said and unsaid in the words they choose, in my opinion. Sepp does have a great book where he talks about his farm and he even goes into the hugulkultur beds that he makes, it’s a great book! Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture…it is packed with information that I am still digesting.

My husband is on the hugulkutur train and I am so thankful for his hard work in building the beds, it’s not easy, but I so appreciate him. He uses his trusty Rhino tool that we talked about when making trails as well.

Today is a warm day in January and I caught Pat outside working on our hugulkultur bed in the garden so I took a video of him here:

So, next time a tree falls down, maybe you could make a garden bed and reap the non irrigating rewards for years to come!