This winter the Lung Ta family has been busy with making the permaculture gardens ready for the next season so we can enjoy more home-grown organic food and be more self-sustainable. The following pictures show our new gardens. The family has been working really hard on it and the result is a beautiful spiraling garden with at the centre a star-tetraedron representing the fire element. We’ll give you another update when the veggies are growing!
The following text explains a bit more in-depth the permaculture technique we used in our new gardens. It’s called Hugulkultur and we got introduced to this way of gardening by our dear friend Dieng.
You can find the whole article on permacultur.
Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound. Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for the bin men… build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies.
The advantages of a hugel bed are many, including: The gradual decay of wood is a consistent source of long-term nutrients for the plants. A large bed might give out a constant supply of nutrients for 20 years (or even longer if you use only hardwoods). The composting wood also generates heat which should extend the growing season. Soil aeration increases as those branches and logs break down… meaning the bed will be no till, long term.
The logs and branches act like a sponge. Rainwater is stored and then released during drier times. Actually you may never need to water your hugel bed again after the first year (except during long term droughts).