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Has any poster had practical experience of 'hugelkulture'?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 22:31



I didnt know it had been on GW.


I'll try and find it.

Has any poster had practical experience of 'hugelkulture'?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:55


I recently took over an allotment and a reptile and amphibian society are enquiring as to whether I can spare a bit of the plot over to the permaculture method of gardening which in the german translates as 'wood mound' or 'wood culture.'

There are 2 angles to this. It is organic gardening but the society hopes to conduct an experiment to see whether wildlife is attracted to the wood mound.

Has anyone used or seen this form of gardening?


Last Years Seeds

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 16:17

Generally the larger the seed the longer its viable life.

Larger seeds can be tested for germination (such as runner bean, broad bean) by placing them in moist compost inside a clear plastic bag in a warm place.

Give them 10-14 days, tip them out, see which ones have germinated and pot on.

Those that haven't back in the bag.

What's the best type of greenhouse

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 13:45



Basically if children are involved I recommend either toughened glass or polycarbonate (basically plastic).

As you are in a windy location toughened glass  which will carry some weight would seem  a better choice.

Some greenhouses come with a metal base to raise the height. Some people bolt them onto a dwarf brick wall. My 8*6 house I've bolted onto flagstones.Some people have soil strips along the insides of the greenhouse. This soil would have to be dug out and changed every 3 years or so.


I grow all mine in containers.



Vegetable Grow Pots

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 20:03

Hi Lilylouise-


I take it you've tried various methods of growing toms in the past.

Have you found that this method of bottomless pots into growbags has been the most productive yet?


Vegetable Grow Pots

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 16:17

That's a lovely picture.

Roll on the hot and productive times.

Physalis Little Lanterns

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 13:07

Just for interest poundland are currently selling physalis Chinese lantern bulbs.


Posted: 21/01/2014 at 09:36

Never had a problem with cues and toms-even touching each other.

A tip though-grow the cues in the corners of the greenhouse. Tends to have a higher humidity there.

Tomato 2014

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 15:52


Which varieties did you grow?

I find Tigerella/ Gardeners Delight very relable.

I start early toms indoors in heated/unheated propagators because my greenhouse in unheated. I've half dozen plants on the go now. The main lot I sow in very late February/early March.


Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:10

If there's one bugbear with veg growing I find its caulis.


And I'm not alone


Even allotment gardener Terry Walton has trouble with. Usual problems-small heads and blackening I will keep going though.

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