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I spotted this on Pinterest but haven't had a chance to look at it as I'm feeling poorly. It is from the BBC and is supposed to have to do with permaculture so I'm sharing here.

Rebecca's Wild Farm


I saw that on Netflix a few weeks ago myself. I thought it was very well done as it covered Permaculture in a broad scope.

It didn't really get into detail about the practice, but was still informative for someone not familiar with the aspects.

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As Promised, pics of my hugelkulture garden being built....
Digging the trench.
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Layers of logs, mulch, and soil, with basket weave above ground.
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The Mrs. & I for scale reference
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It's a little taller now, and planted.... I'll post those as soon as I get out there with the camera again.

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What is the purpose of the log base?

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What is the purpose of the log base?


The logs decompose slowly, as the mulch decomposes quickly, all enriching the soil. The layers also create a wicking effect, so irigation becomes nearly un-neccessary.

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What is the purpose of the log base?


The logs decompose slowly, as the mulch decomposes quickly, all enriching the soil. The layers also create a wicking effect, so irigation becomes nearly un-neccessary.


So once you have laid the logs, do you simply add the other layers again each year on top of them for planting? It will be years before the logs decompose, right?

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What is the purpose of the log base?


The logs decompose slowly, as the mulch decomposes quickly, all enriching the soil. The layers also create a wicking effect, so irigation becomes nearly un-neccessary.


So once you have laid the logs, do you simply add the other layers again each year on top of them for planting? It will be years before the logs decompose, right?


Absolutely, Hugelkulture is a long term plan. Permaculture by its nature is "permanent". :D

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Thank you. :mrgreen:

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In addition to Gaia's Garden, I am also reading The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka. So far, it's a good read and along the same lines as the ideals of permaculture.

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Anianna wrote:
In addition to Gaia's Garden, I am also reading The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka. So far, it's a good read and along the same lines as the ideals of permaculture.

The One Straw Revolution by him is a good read too.

http://www.deeplyrootedorganics.com/downloads/onestraw.pdf

There's a lot of Fukuoka in Permaculture.

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Tetra Grammaton Cleric wrote:
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In addition to Gaia's Garden, I am also reading The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka. So far, it's a good read and along the same lines as the ideals of permaculture.

The One Straw Revolution by him is a good read too.

http://www.deeplyrootedorganics.com/downloads/onestraw.pdf

There's a lot of Fukuoka in Permaculture.

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This is very true. Fukuoka is pretty much held as one of the founders of the practice.

His work with ducks and their respective natural connections alone was so innovative and very much ahead of its time.

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Obviously, I have a lot to learn, but I'm curious if any of you have an idea for me. I have been bothered by the vast wealth of thorn vines in my woods and have desired to diminish these are remove them entirely for some time. Is there something I can grow out there that would discourage the thorn vines and would reduce or eliminate them in a naturally sustainable way?

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Anianna wrote:
Obviously, I have a lot to learn, but I'm curious if any of you have an idea for me. I have been bothered by the vast wealth of thorn vines in my woods and have desired to diminish these are remove them entirely for some time. Is there something I can grow out there that would discourage the thorn vines and would reduce or eliminate them in a naturally sustainable way?

Do your ambulatory venison eat the shoots/softer parts?
If so maybe look at handcasting/undersowing a grazing lucerne (alfalfa) or other local recipe wild deer pasture mix under the vines to encourage bambi to keep the vines down?

Edit to add: If the deer don't do it softly softly maybe just temporarily introduce a high density population of goats restrained by hardcore temporary electric fencing? It's the biological version of nuking the site from orbit...

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The deer are not particularly fond of that section of woods. I have been considering goats for a while now. Any links to vendors selling the type of wire you would recommend? There seems to be a wide variety of possibilities and I'm not sure what would work best to keep goats in a particular section of woods.

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http://www.gallagher.com.au/portable-fence-component.aspx?mktprodid=5936

http://www.gallagher.com.au/smartfence/

http://www.gallagher.com.au/smartfence/in-action.aspx

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I was going to suggest goats as well. :)

I know of a few folks that use a dog harness/cable system (no rope or chain as goats are just smart enough to hang themselves) for brush clearing using 3 goats between trees in a triangle pattern. Rotate ad necessary.

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Danke, both of you.

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One of the better finds I have run across in a while. Enjoy!


Companion Planting Chart

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One of the better finds I have run across in a while. Enjoy!

Companion Planting Chart...

http://www.permaculture.org.au/resource ... _Plant.pdf


Very nice. I hope this jives well with my "Tomatoes Love Carrots" book.

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Anianna wrote:
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One of the better finds I have run across in a while. Enjoy!

Companion Planting Chart...

http://www.permaculture.org.au/resource ... _Plant.pdf


Very nice. I hope this jives well with my "Tomatoes Love Carrots" book.

It's an oldie but a goodie, Earth Garden magazine had the original version of it.

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I've pinned all of those, thanks!

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This last winter we had a large amount of tree branches come down in my parents yard. Then our neighbors tossed a lot of theirs over their fence into my parents yard. I was about to pay someone to come in and chip them into mulch untill stumbling across Hugelkultur in this thread.

Thank you.

Today my best friend brought his little tractor over and we moved some old dirt piles from the front to back yard and spent a little extra time leveling the yard. Next week, we'll bring in a pile of manure from my buddy's horse barn. I'm hiring two teenagers from the church trying to raise money for a mission trip to Mexico to come in and clip up the branches (I already chainsawed the larger branches) and dump them into the planned beds. Most of the back yard will be turned into raised beds, at least 3 of them lower Hugelkultur beds. The front yard also looks much better now (even with it being all torn up), and my Mom is ecstatic over the improvement.

I wish I had taken a few "before" pictures. I'll try to get some pics of the semi-finished beds next weekend, assuming they actually get put in. We're going to plant a clover and thyme lawn in the front yard that we just tore up. Might get a few rabbits next year to feed clover to. :)

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