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Easter Weekend, Hugelkultur meets container gardening

So I ran into a small problem this spring. I will be moving in June and so had to redo my plans for spring planting. I decided to do start some containers so that hopefully they will be easy or at least manageable to move in June with me. So here is what I did. 

I decided to plant in several containers, plant in a straw bale, and start some veggies in a cold frame. Not only that but I decided to Hugelkultur my containers and see how that works. Seeing as how one of the biggest problems of container gardening is the soil drying out, I decided to put some sticks at the bottoms of the containers in the hopes that they will soak up and hold onto the moisture and also compost and provide nutrients to my plants. 

I did this for a few containers and I also decided to do this to a straw bale. I cut out some straw so as to make a deep hole, stuffed in some sticks, and top off with soil. 

Also I decided that in the containers I would add in a mini worm tower. In short I threw in a handful of some worms from my compost bin and put in a plastic tube in the center of the container where I can put in some finely chopped food waste scraps in the hopes that the worms with thrive, eat the food, and leave their castings in the soil. Thanks Bill from Midwest Permaculture for the Hugelkultur enthusiasm and thanks Jon, from Honeybird Farms for the practice in building Hugelkultur beds.

Here is a Link to the Slideshow of Pics. And YouTube


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Tags: Permaculture, bale, compost, container, gardening, hugelkulture, straw, tower, worm


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