With all the variables of companion planting, I can’t remember which: plants can be planted together which plants can’t be planted together and the plants that can and can’t be planted in the following rotation plan. To get my head around this, I developed a guild based block planting plan: …

You can grow pretty much anything in a hugel that you can grow in a conventional garden bed, but you need plan ahead. Hugel characteristics Although a tradtional or hybrid hugel increases the growing area of your garden, different sections of a hugel are not identical. I divide each of …

Sometimes called square inch, or square foot gardening, intensive planting schemes can help you to grow more in a small space, and use every space in your garden as effectively as possible. To make this system work you need to: plant in 30x30cm blocks (1 square foot) use permaculture stacking …

When building hugels, it’s helpful to think like a forest. Rotting trees fall on the forest floor, leaves, bark, and sticks layer on top of this. Worms, fungi and animal droppings have their place in creating rich soils. Size The optimum size for a hugel is at least 3feet, or …

If you have free access to the materials required to build a hugel (logs, sticks, mulch), it’s much cheaper and easier than any other form of water efficient garden bed. Benefits What are the advantages of using hugelkultur over other gardening or permaculture techniques? The main benefits of Hugelkultur beds …

Hügelkultur (hoo-gul-culture) was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s and translates roughly as “mound culture”. More recently it has gained popularity through the work of the Austrian permaculturalist, Holzer Sepp. What is Hugelkultur? At its simplest, hugelkultur is the principle of building a …